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Frictional Slowing


Imagine that your little brother Charles, who loves to fool around, made a video clip of himself giving a push to a cart and letting go. The cart had a pad on its belly that dragged on the table as it rolled. Later your mother discovers that the cart has been damaged from falling off the right end of the table.

Charles swears he’s innocent and did not push the cart too hard. He is a clever fellow who claims to know his physics. He performs a video analysis of his video to “prove” his innocence.

Since you’re taking physics, your mother asks you to perform an independent analysis using Logger Pro.


In this activity, you will

  • Use Logger Pro video analysis tools to examine the motion of the cart.
  • Determine where the cart was when it stopped.

Software for Experiment

This experiment uses Logger Pro software for video analysis. The video for analysis is included with the lab book.

Experiment 13 from Physics with Video Analysis Lab Book

<em>Physics with Video Analysis</em> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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