In this lab using an Air Track, students will investigate elastic and inelastic collisions on an air track. Evaluate conservation of momentum and energy.
Air Track, Timer and Photogates, Meter stick, Balance
The Bouncing Dart is a specially designed pendulum with one elastic end and one inelastic end. Students will collide each end with a massive (1kg or more) cart, observing the pendulum’s motion and measuring the distance the cart moves. They will conclude that elastic collisions transfer more momentum.
The Monkey and Hunter Lab set
Chapter 3 Lab #7:
Using collisions, students will demonstrate Newton’s first law of motion.
Chapter 8 Lab #25:
Students will use elastic and inelastic collisions to investigate momentum.