Conservation of Energy: Racing Marbles

Conservation of Energy: Racing Marbles

A marble will roll on different paths, starting and ending at the same height. Students will predict and then measure the final velocities of the marble. Ramp A is the nearly horizontal ramp, and Ramp B dips down in the middle. Because the ramps start and end at the same elevation, a marble rolled on Ramp A will end with the same velocity as one rolled on Ramp B, even though they take different times to complete the trip.

Required Equipment

Arbor Scientific Racing Marbles Lab
Arbor Scientific Timer and Photogates

January 01, 2011 Collin Wassilak

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