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Crash Test

Figure from experiment 6 from Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct® Sensor Cart

Introduction

What happens to people in automobile collisions is important information for car manufacturers. Crash dummies are often used in collision studies. Velocity is one of the most important factors in such collision studies. In this experiment, you will study the relationship between car velocity and the distance a “crash dummy” is thrown during a collision. You will use a Sensor Cart to measure the velocity of the cart and a ruler to measure the distance a crash dummy is thrown.

Objectives

  • Measure velocity.
  • Measure distances an action figure is thrown.
  • Calculate averages.
  • Graph the results.
  • Make conclusions from your results.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

Graphical Analysis 4

Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct® Sensor Cart

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Investigating Friction
2Levers as Machines
3Pulleys as Machines
4Ramps as Machines
5Getting Faster
6Crash Test
7Newton's Second Law

Experiment 6 from Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct® Sensor Cart Lab Book

Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct<sup>®</sup> Sensor Cart book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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