Skip to main content

Physics

Soup Can Race

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 18:39

Exploration

When two cans of different geometries are released from rest at the same time at the top of an inclined plane the results of the race may not be what you predict. The moment of inertia of each soup can will affect whether it reaches the end of the inclined plane first.

Objective

In this experiment, students will:
1. Determine the order in which each can will reach the bottom of the ramp first and explain why in terms of the energy in the system and the moment of inertia in each can.

Subject
Grade Level

Intro to Angular Velocity

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 18:24

Exploration

We have previously learned that velocity is an object’s rate of change in displacement. Velocity is often measured as meters/second. Angular velocity however, measures the rate of change in the displacement of an object as it moves around a central point.

Grade Level

Pressure and Volume with a Syringe

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 18:11

Exploration 

Explore air pressure and how it works. In a sealed syringe, as the plunger moves back and forth, the volume of air in the syringe changes. With a large enough syringe, a PocketLab can be placed inside to measure the change in pressure as the the volume changes.

Objective

In this experiment, students will:
1. Determine the relationship between air pressure and volume using a syringe.
2. Explore what is happening to the air molecules when there is a greater or less air pressure.

Grade Level

Natural Frequency of a Mass-Spring System

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:41

Exploration

Explore principles of harmonic motion. An oscillating mass on a spring or the motion of a simple pendulum are examples of objects in simple harmonic motion. When an object is in simple harmonic motion, the restoring force is directly proportional to the displacement and will act in opposition to that displacement, allowing the object to oscillate back and forth.

Objective

Subject
Grade Level

PocketLab Bungee Jumper

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:38

Exploration

A bungee jumper leaps from a tall structure and falls toward the ground. The bungee cord begins to stretch and transfers the kinetic energy of the fall into elastic potential energy, slowing the jumper to a stop.The cord then pulls him/her back up as the elastic potential energy turns back into kinetic energy. The jumper then oscillates up and down until their energy is completely dissipated.

Objective

Grade Level

Simple Pendulum Motion

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:34

Exploration

A simple pendulum consists of a mass, m, hanging from a string of length, L, and fixed at a pivot point, P. When displaced from equilibrium and to an initial angle (amplitude, θ) and released, the motion will be regular and repeat. This is an example of periodic motion.

Objective

Grade Level

Properties of a Wave with Simple Harmonic Motion

Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 19:41

Exploration

Simple Harmonic Motion is a periodic or oscillating motion where the forces of the movement cause a particular motion to continually repeat. The back and forth of a pendulum, like in an old grandfather clock, the ticking of a classic metronome, or the up and down movement a bungee jumper can all be examples of harmonic motion.
Using PocketLab you can investigate how to mathematically model harmonic motion through two classic examples, a swinging pendulum and a mass-spring system.

Objective:

Subject
Grade Level

Magnetic Minesweeper

Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 19:37

Exploration

In the Magnetic Minesweeper Lab, you will recreate the classic computer game Minesweeper in real life! Using PocketLab’s magnetometer, you will try to discover hidden mines and mark their locations on a grid. You can do this lab with two people to create a Minesweeper competition. One partner hides mines in different grid locations while the other partner tries to locate the mines to not get blown up!

Objective

Grade Level

How does distance affect the strength of a magnetic field?

Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 19:31

Exploration

Can you throw a baseball without touching it? No, your hand needs to push the baseball forward as your throw it. Objects often interact like this, through contact. The baseball will then stop moving after contacting the ground or a catcher’s mitt. But can two objects interact when they aren’t in contact, when they are instead, at a distance from each other? Using PocketLab, you can explore how this might be possible.

Objective

Grade Level

Magnetic Field in a Slinky

Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 19:27

Exploration

Until the late 1800’s, electricity and magnetism were regarded as separate forces. A number of scientists, including Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell, made important discoveries which led to our current understanding of electricity and magnetism. The interaction between positive and negative charges is, in fact, one force, the electromagnetic force, which results in both electrical currents and magnetic fields.

Grade Level