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Lab Instructions AP Physics C Mechanics – Constant Acceleration Lab Page 1/8 Purpose and Approach: The purpose of this lab is to understand quasi 1-dimensional motion under conditions of constant acceleration and to compare predicted motion with actual observations. This is a qualitative lab. You will be describing the observed shapes of the curves and determining whether your predicted shapes are observed. Your lab report will be about describing how you achieved each of the different graphs. Note: If the set of curves states “one track” then the acceleration is constant throughout the graph. If the set of curves states “two tracks” then there are two different sections, each of constant acceleration. Step 1: Preparing the target curves . For each case you are provided with three graphs (x vs. t, v vs. t, a vs. t). One of these curves is filled in. You must use the data provided to fill in the other two curves. Show these curves to your teacher before you move to the second section.
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