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Graphing Your Motion

Figure from experiment 35 from Physical Science with Vernier


Graphs made using a computer-interfaced Motion Detector can be use to study motion. A Motion Detector measures the distance to the nearest object in front of it. The computer reports the measurement as position along a line, and can calculate velocity and acceleration values. To determine distances, a Motion Detector emits and receives pulses of ultrasound. In this experiment, you will use a computer-interfaced Motion Detector to produce graphs of your own motion.


In this experiment, you will

  • Use a Motion Detector to measure position, velocity, and acceleration.
  • Produce graphs of your motion.
  • Analyze and interpret motion graphs.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

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Experiment 35 from Physical Science with Vernier Lab Book

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