Vernier Software and Technology
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Impulsive Juggling


In this assignment, you will be considering the catch–throw process as a slow collision between a juggler’s hand and a ball. In particular, we would like you to verify the impulse momentum theorem in a typical catch-throw process and the value of the Earth’s gravitational acceleration constant.


In this activity, you will

  • Carefully obtain y vs. t data for the center ball for the entire video clip, which includes a catch-throw segment and another segment showing the ball’s free rise and fall.
  • Choose an analytic function that you think ought to fit the free rise and fall data.
  • Perform a curve fit on your data.

Software for Experiment

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

Experiment 14 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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