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Six Physics Lessons on Rotational Motion You Can Do with an Empty 3D Filament Reel

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Submitted by Rich on Fri, 11/29/2019 - 19:45

No doubt your school is accumulating some empty 3D filament reels!  Why not put them to use with PocketLab Voyager in your school's physics lab?  The table below contains links and descriptions for six lessons on rotational motion making use of empty 3D filament reels.  Feel free to make use of these lessons as you wish.  Give them a spin!

Rotational Motion with PocketLab Voyager Mounted to an Empty 3D Filament Reel

 

Lesson Title/Link Description
Periodic Motion of an Empty 3D Filament Reel With PocketLab mounted to an empty 3D filament reel, students in grades 4 through high school investigate periodic motion in a rather unique setup.
Unrolling Spool Problem Quantitative Experiment The classic "unrolling spool problem" is studied quantitatively using PocketLab and an empty 3D filament reel in a lab for high school students.
Moment of Inertia of a 3D Filament Reel About Its CM This HS/AP lab involves determining the moment of inertia of an empty 3D filament reel by two methods--as a physical pendulum or by rolling down an incline.
Kinematics of Translational and Rotational Motion An empty 3D filament reel rolling down a ramp is used to study the kinematics of translational and rotational motion, speeding up when hitting the floor.
Moment of Inertia Challenge Students design an experiment to determine the moment of inertia of an empty 3D filament reel by dropping it from a paper tape attached to its axle.
Rolling Resistance Physics Lab PocketLab and an empty 3D filament reel are used to investigate rolling resistance and the concept of coefficient of rolling resistance.
PocketLab Voyager mounted to an empty 3D filament reel