Mb-3 Newton's Cart

Aim

To demonstrate that force can be resolved into its individual components.

Apparatus

  • PASCO TM Newton's Cart
  • Stopwatch and Ruler
  • Extra Masses

Newton's Cart 1 Newton's Cart 2

Description

Newton's Cart has a propeller attached to it, which can be rotated through 180 degrees. At 0° the propeller will produce the maximum acceleration, while the propeller set at 90° will produce zero net acceleration in the forward direction. The acceleration can be measured with a stopwatch and can be used to confirm component calculations. Also masses may be placed on the cart to vary the acceleration so as to demonstrate Newton's Second Law.

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