Recommended for Middle School through High School.
Air resistance, mass and friction are some factors that influence the speed of a soapbox racer. The same factors influence the speed of a lab car going down a ramp. In this contest, you will use principles you have learned in science as you race a car down a ramp. The fastest car will be the one that reaches the highest maximum velocity going down the ramp. Velocity will be measured with a computer-interfaced Motion Detector.
In this contest, you will
- Apply motion concepts.
- Measure velocity.
- Have a little fun.
Sensors and Equipment
This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.
You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?
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