Accelerated Motion on an Inclined Plane (Vernier)

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Accelerated Motion on an Inclined Plane
a) Set up inclined plane with motion detector on the bottom.
b) Set up Logger Pro to give d vs t and v vs t graphs.
c) Push the cart up and away (with hand) from detector so that it moves at least .5m up ramp while
collecting data. (Catch the cart as it comes down before crashing into the motion detector.)
d) Sketch the two graphs from Logger Pro.
e) Analyze slope of velocity line, draw a FBD (without friction), have students calculate the angle of the
ramp, and then measure the actual angle, and compare two with a percent error analysis.
(Reminder: graph is a great way to show students that the acceleration at the top is NOT zero.)