1C30.10 Basketball Drop

Concepts

Free fall, uniform acceleration

Overview

The motion of a basketball undergoing free fall is captured using a motion detector.

Details

Equipment

  • [1] Basketball
  • [1] Lab stand
  • [1] Counterweight
  • [1] Steel rod
  • [2] 90-degree clamp
  • [1] Go!Motion motion detector
  • [1] USB cable

Classroom Assembly

  1. Place the lab stand on the table.
  2. Add a counterweight on the base of the lab stand.
  3. Attach the motion detector to the lab stand as shown in the image above.
  4. Connect the motion detector to a computer using a USB cable.

Script

  1. Hold the basketball below the motion detector using two hands.
  2. Release the ball and let it fall.

 

Additional Resources

References

  • PIRA 1C30.10

Disclaimer

  • Don't attempt this at home!

Last revised

  • 2018

Technicals

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