M6 - Team D Paige Botticello John Pernyeszi Matthew...

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Team D Paige Botticello John Pernyeszi Matthew Stucchio (PI) Experiment M-6 Lab Report from October 24 Purpose The purpose of this lab is to study the conservation of momentum and to understand the behavior of two colliding bodies. We will use the data gathered to determine momentum before and after the collision of the two bodies, and compare these values with each other. Methods We must take the mass of the small gliders. Find a position on the track where you want the start position to be. This should be somewhere towards the center. Keep track of this data point. Now, we line car 2 up on this point. We place car one in between car two and the left bumper, and give it an initial velocity towards the left bumper. We start the stop watch when car one hits the left bumper. When the two cars collide in the middle we hit the split button, and when car two hits the right bumper we hit stop. This gives up 2 separate times to record in our data table. Figure 1: Car 1 Car 2 Starting point We repeat this action four more times and record the times in our data table. Now we need to find the displacement that car one travels from the left bumper to the collision point. This value is called S 1 . Next we need to find the distance that car 2 travels from the center collision point to the right bumper.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PS 15 taught by Professor Winn during the Fall '07 term at Fairfield.

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