PHY 114
Lab #4 – Acceleration
Date: 10/2/2018

Objective:
Complete the two data tables (Table 1.1 and 2.1) provided and calculate the time, average time,
average time^2 and average acceleration of the glider using photogates. The steps for this
Physics lab are divided into 2 procedures. After completing these procedures two graphs are
plotted, the first one being a graph of distance vs. average time. After this graph is done the
slope of the graph is determined. A second graph and its slope are then to be completed and
compared to the first one, this time using distance vs average time^2.
Principles/laws tested and used:
Acceleration was the principle tested and it is the rate of change of velocity of an object with
respect to time. An object's acceleration is the net result of all forces acting on an object, as
described by Newton's Second Law.
Explanation of Procedure:
This laboratory, titled “Acceleration”, is to teach how to calculate the distance, time, average
time, and average acceleration of the glider using the photogates provided. This laboratory is
like the one that we completed a few weeks earlier. The laboratory manual, with the steps listed
will guide my partner(s) and myself. The results will be written down on paper and then
attached to this page. Before beginning the laboratory, it will be beneficial to check if all the