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Lab Report 2, Constant Acceleration

Lab Report 2, Constant Acceleration - Brandon Magalhaes...

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Brandon Magalhaes UTEID – bam2734 Partner: Joseph Experiment 2: Uniformly Accelerated Motion Introduction – The purpose of this lab is to determine whether an object will face constant acceleration as a result of gravity acting upon it. According to Newton’s theory of gravitation this should be the case, however it is the component of gravity parallel to the surface of our incline (m*g*sin(theta)) that will be what causes our change in velocity, therefore the acceleration will be of magnitude a=gsin(theta). To try and get more accurate results, we will place our glider upon an inclined surface that is nearly frictionless due to the layer of air it puts between it and the glider. Conclusion – It was a little difficult to see how our results in a table compared to a constant acceleration, however once we made the data into a graph it was clear that our velocity had a linear equation with a positive slope meaning its derivative (the acceleration) would be a positive, constant, or just a horizontal line.
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