In physics, one of the main units we cover in the first half of the
year is dynamics! This unit takes up around 16-20% of the entire AP
Physics 1 multiple choice section. In this lab, we formed groups
within our section, and investigated a formula or law that we had
covered in this unit.
I worked with Alex and Arnav on this lab, and we focused on the idea that acceleration due to gravity on Earth remains constant at around 9.8 m/s^2. To do so, we used a cart, a metal track, and physics textbooks to adjust the height of the track. We increased the height of the track by adding more textbooks underneath. We theorized that by changing the angle of the track, we could successfully prove that acceleration due to gravity remains constant.
One of our major concepts in physics concerns momentum. In order to visually represent momentum, we used Vernier Go Carts in lab stations to complete tasks that would better our understanding of elastic and inelastic collisions. I worked with Shreya and Anshika on this and we used our data to prove impulse-momentum theorem and the conservation of momentum.