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It's Race Day

Introduction

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.

Objectives

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.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

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

Standards Correlations

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Experiment 37 from Physical Science with Vernier Lab Book

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