Experiment Md-02

Force, Mass and Acceleration

Description: An air cart is attached to a weight by a string that is hung over a pulley. The acceleration of the cart is measured indirectly by insuring that the cart starts from rest each time and measuring the final velocity (after the falling mass has hit the ground - this distance is kept constant throughout the demonstration) by taking the time required for the cart to pass between two photogates. The weights are varied to demonstrate the relationship between force, mass and acceleration.


Cart on air track attached to string and pulley setup. In the demonstration, the string is hung over the pulleys.




Materials: cart, air track, photogates, counter (computerized), pulleys, weights, string


Back to Site Menu


This page was last updated on Friday August 15, 2008 8:37 PM