1M40.41 - Ballistic Pendulum
Make sure the CENCO unit is oiled and swinging freely. It is also important that this is set level or the ball will not catch in the swinging carriage.
A more dramatic demonstration of the ballistic pendulum is to use the vacuum cannon as a projectile launcher, and the 1 kg catcher box. Position the vacuum accelerator so that there is very little space between that and the front of the catch block. Position the sonic sensor so that it is about 40 cm away from the flat back side of the catch block. The sonic sensor will measure the maximum deflection of the catch box after it catches the ball (this is usually about 22 cm). The ping pong balls mass is about 2.6 grams so with these figures you should be able to calculate the speed of the projectile.
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