F=ma lab - Amanda Runey PHY111 Segvich 21 February 2008...

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Amanda Runey PHY111 Segvich 21 February 2008 F=ma Lab Introduction Newton’s second law states that the acceleration of an object depends on the amount of force applied to the object, and also the object’s weight. This experiment sought to discover what happens then the force applied to the object and the object’s weight is altered. Procedures/Methods For this experiment, we ran a cart along a track attached to an air compressor which eliminated the force of friction. We tied a string to one end of the cart which then hung over a pulley, then tied a mass to the other end of the string. A panel was attached to the top of the cart so that it would set off the photosensors when it passed through the photogate. Two photogates were placed a certain distance from one another. Before the experiment begins, we calculated what the acceleration should be in a perfect environment without any error. Then the cart was released s very short distance from the first photogate to make the initial velocity zero. The time was recorded for how long it
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHY 111 taught by Professor Segvich during the Spring '08 term at Washtenaw.

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