Conservation of Momentum PHY113 - 1

Conservation of Momentum PHY113 - 1 - Conservation of...

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Conservation of Linear Momentum and (Sometimes) Energy Objective: The objective of this experiment was to investigate simple elastic and inelastic collisions in one dimension with emphasis on conservation of momentum and energy. Experimental Procedures: The experimental setup begins by placing two carts on a nearly frictionless track and placing two photogates above the track. The two photogates will record the position of the cart as a function of time. This is accomplished by placing a picket fence plastic card on top of the cart. The distance between the marks on the card is a known and therefore can be used to calculate the velocity of the carts. It is important to make sure that the photogates are aligned with the marks on the card that are one cm apart. Once the experiment is set up the pre-set experiment file “PHY113Collision” must be opened on the computer. Once the program is open it is necessary to manually stop and start the recording. The magnitude of the cart’s velocity is equal to the slope of the linear fit of the data. Due to the track not being frictionless it is important to take the first three data points and use them for the linear fit. This will give you more accurate data. The carts
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This lab report was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course PHY 113 taught by Professor Cavatto during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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