The momentum of an object is the product of its mass and velocity. The momentum of an isolated system (one upon which no net external force acts) is conserved.
Students collect data for elastic collisions that leads to the law of conservation of momentum.
I. D. Systems of particles, linear momentum
Process Skills Checklist
- air track
- 3 air track gliders (two 300 gram and one 150 gram)
- photogates with basic timers
- electric glider launcher
no special concerns