Conservation of Momentum

# Conservation of Momentum - Conservation of Momentum...

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Conservation of Momentum Introduction: The goal of this experiment is to prove the conservation of momentum in moving bodies. In this experiment we will use two gliders to measure momentum by sliding them on a linear air trace and perform six different experiments. The existing formula for momentum is mass times velocity equals P. If ∑F = 0 the initial momentum is equal to the final momentum or m 1 v 1i + m 2 v 2i = m 1 v 1f + m 2 v 2f will be used in this experiment to prove the conservation of momentum. In order to prove this formula we will measure the mass of the gliders and the velocity. The Photogate timers will record the initial and final time intervals of both gliders, the measured length of the timers are 10cm, a number which we will use in extracting velocity. The measured mass of the gliders is a standard 210gm, and the mass of the gliders larger in mass than the other is 310gm. The error for this experiment is approximately 2% (0.02).

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## This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course PHY 120 taught by Professor Chensinski during the Spring '08 term at Staten Island.

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