3A20.35 - Air Cart Masses and Springs - Air Track & 2 Springs

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Air Cart Masses and Springs - Air Track & 2 Springs
Velocity in an Oscillating System
Area of Study:
Air track, Spark car for air track, Matched springs (2) (for air track), , Single pulley for air track, Plexiglas Spring Attachment, Masking tape, Masses (3) (50 g, 100 g, 150 g), Timing gates and counters, Large Hoop Springs, Spark generator, Spark tape.

Attach the Plexiglas bar across the air track at the midpoint. When using the spark generator be sure that there is nothing to cause a short circuit.  Attach the sparking pins to the desired car.  Set the car into the track, position a length of tape under the sparking pin and tape to the railing with masking tape.  Practice will be necessary.  Timing gates and counters may be used if desired.

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