Air Track Experiments
- Collect position, velocity, and time data as a cart rolls up and down an inclined track.
- Analyze the position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs.
- Determine the best fit equations for the position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs.
- Distinguish between average and instantaneous velocity.
- Use analysis of motion data to define instantaneous velocity and acceleration.
- Relate the parameters in the best-fit equations for position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs to their physical counterparts in the system.
- Determine the value of the acceleration of a freely falling object.
- Compare your value with the accepted value for this quantity.
- Learn how to describe and account for variation in a set of measurements.
- Learn how to describe a range of experimental values.