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Physics 1 Labs

Modified Atwood's Machine Newton's Second Law Lab

Rotation Labs with the Rotary Motion Sensor and Accessory Kit (these were used with AP Physics C but could be modified to use with AP1)

Note: Scroll ALL THE WAY to the bottom for additional documents: my suggested Essential Labs for AP Physics 1, Graphing Calculator instructions. 

Link to Lab Requirements (Dolores' Site)

Link to fysicsfool on Video Analysis

P1 Lab 0. Ball bounce Lab

P1 Lab 1. Uncertainty Measurements

Determine the uncertainty of the measurement of the speed of sound.


P1 Lab 2. Meeting Point

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-2 CV cars, measuring tapes

P1 Lab 3. Is it constant acceleration?

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P1 Lab 4. Half-Atwood's Machine


P1 Lab 5. Collisions

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P1 Lab 6. Explosions - Mass of an unknown.

Given: two lab carts, one with a spring plunger; an object of unknown mass; LabPro; track; two force sensors.

Determine: the unknown mass.

P1 Lab 7. Uniform Circular Motion.

Use the Flinn or Pasco kit to investigate the relationship b/w velocity and F_c; velocity and mass; velocity and radius 



Flinn's Centripetal Force Activity kit

P1 Lab 8. Testing Investigation: Coefficient of kinetic friction.

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P1 Lab 9. Popper

Investigate the claim: "The rebound height of the popper depends on the drop height."

Secondary task: Determine how much energy is stored in the popper.

Produce data and representations.

P1 Lab 10. Rolls in sync.

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P1 Lab 11. Testing Investigation: Rotational Motion.

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P1 Lab 12. Conservation of Angular momentum

Try using the Pasco equipment to show Conservation of Angular Momentum.

-suggestion drop the hoop on the already rotating disk. Use the Rotary Motion Sensor.

link: HyperPhysics on Moments of Inertia

P1 Lab 13.Torque and Balancing.

Use the hangers, string, and tape to construct a mobile. Draw a scaled diagram showing why the mobile balances.


P1 Lab 15. Electric Force

Given: Xmas ornaments, PVC, stand, balance, electrophorus, ruler

Task 1: Find the relationship between separation and electric force.

Suggested Method:
· Suspend one spherical shell with an insulated stand (acrylic rod or PVC pipe works).
· Place the other on an insulating surface on a balance with centigram or better readability.
· Tare the balance (not a critical step, you can adjust this).
· Charge both shells with an aluminum pie plate electrophorus (first charge the electrophorus and charge one sphere, then recharge the electrophorus and charge the second sphere).
· Quickly record the center-to-center distances between the spheres and the corresponding balance readings as you move the spheres closer together.
· Keep the spheres at least 0.08 m apart at all times!

Task 2: Find the relationship between charge and electric force.

Suggested Method:
· Suspend the spheres as before. Charge them equally by charging the electrophorus twice and touching it to each sphere. Record the balance measurement.
· Touch a third uncharged sphere to the top sphere. Record the balance measurement. Discharge the third sphere and repeat.
· If there is time, investigate opposing charges on the spheres.

If it's too humid, you can analyze the LivePhoto video to accomplish Task 1.

P1 Lab 16. Testing Investigation: Ohm's Law

Dolores' Is it ohmic?

P1 Lab 17. Flying Pigs

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