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Projectile Motion (Photogates)

Figure from experiment 8A from Physics with Vernier

Introduction

You have probably watched a ball roll off a table and strike the floor. What determines where it will land? Could you predict where it will land? In this experiment, you will roll a ball down a ramp and determine the ball’s velocity with a pair of Photogates. You will use this information and your knowledge of physics to predict where the ball will land when it hits the floor.

Objectives

  • Measure the velocity of a ball using two Photogates.
  • Apply concepts from two-dimensional kinematics to predict the impact point of a ball in projectile motion.
  • Take into account trial-to-trial variations in the velocity measurement when calculating the impact point.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

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 8A from Physics with Vernier Lab Book

<i>Physics with Vernier</i> book cover

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