Experiment 2: Uniformly Accelerated MotionGiselle Zornberg (UT EID: gzz57)PHY 103M Section 60260 (Monday 9-11)Introduction: The main objective of this experiment is to prove Newton’s theory of gravitation, which states that objects near the surface of the earth will experience a constant acceleration, assuming that the change in altitude is negligible with respect to their distance from the center of the earth. This theory can be tested by observing the motion of a glider on a slightly inclined air track, measuring the velocity attained by the glider at a few different points along the track by utilizing two photogates to measure time. The value of the theoretically predicted acceleration is a = gSin(θ), where g (gravitational acceleration) in Austin is 9.79 m/s2 and θ is the angle of inclination of the ramp. Thus, the hypothesis for this experiment is that acceleration will equal 9.79*Sin(θ) along all the different points measured on the air track.
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