Lab 8 - Conservation of Mechanical Energy.docx

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Mackenzie Corbin Shannon Hawkins Conservation of Mechanical Energy Abstract Theory Procedure We measure 1.0m from the photogate (Fig. 2) and set that to be the maximum distance of the glider from the photogate. The exact measurement of 1.0m is not important as long as the measurement is consistent between each trial. We measure the speed of the glider at varying distances from the photogate. A flag is first placed on the glider and the photogate is calibrated for the gate timing setting with a length of 0.1m for the flag. A 20g weight is then attached to the glider with a string in such a way that it can fall freely through different distances. Once that has been done, the glider is placed 1.0m away from the photogate and released so that the speed can be measured and recorded. This procedure is repeated 4 more times at this distance then the glider is moved 10cm closer to the photogate to start trials at a new length.
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