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Popper Energy

Students will calculate the potential and kinetic energy of a popper toy using simple formulas. Potential energy is found by observing the maximum height. Kinetic energy is found by using a dynamics formula to find the popper’s starting velocity. Students will find that the popper reaches a greater height than it should, given the amount of kinetic energy it started with! The discrepancy is resolved by finding the amount of energy stored in the elastic deformation of the popper.

Required Equipment
“Popper” Toy, Meter Stick, Balance, Pencil.

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Dropper Popper

In Stock SKU: P6-6075

Meter Stick 6 pack

In Stock SKU: P1-7072

Sartorius M-Prove Model AY511 510g X 0.1g

In Stock SKU: 02-7069

The “Pencil” required for this lab is readily available at your local convenience store or if you don’t have one lying around a pen will also work.