Momentum – Tailgated by a Dart

Momentum – Tailgated by a Dart

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.

Download Teacher Notes and Student Worksheets.

Required Equipment

Tailgated by a Dart Kit, stopwatch, meterstick, balance

Tailgated by a Dart Kit

In Stock SKU: PX-9501

Meter Stick 6 pack

In Stock SKU: P1-7072

Economy Digital Balance

In Stock SKU: 02-7000

Share this post

Comment (1)

  • Steve Basham Reply

    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).

    October 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *