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Momentum - Tailgated by a Dart

Posted on February10,2012 by Arbor Scientific, authored by Arbor Scientific There have been 1 comment(s)

In this lab, students will learn to estimate the speed of an object by applying conservation of momentum to an inelastic collision. Energy is not lost its transferred from one object to another. Students will fire a dart into the back of the free rolling car and measure the distance of the car, calculate the speed of the dart and car, and measure the mass of the car and dart.

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Required Equipment

Tailgated by a Dart Kit, stopwatch, meterstick, balance

Tailgated by a Dart Kit

Tailgated by a Dart Kit

Product # PX-9501


Meter Stick 6 pack

Meter Stick 6 pack

Product # P1-7072


Economy Digital Balance

Economy Digital Balance

Product # 02-7000


This post was posted in Labs, Motion, Forces, Energy & Work

1 Response to Momentum - Tailgated by a Dart

  • Your description contains an error. Kinetic energy is not conserved in an inelastic collision. You are correct that momentum is conserved (which is true for any type of collision not subject to external forces).

    Posted on October30,2014 at 1:19pm