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[Phys-L] Re: Energy & Projectile Lab

• From: "Spagna Jr., George" <gspagna@RMC.EDU>
• Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 16:23:30 -0500

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From: Dwight K. Souder [mailto:crvhs_dks@CRESTVIEW-RICHLAND.K12.OH.US]
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 3:51 PM

Greetings everyone. I'm looking for suggestions/advice for a lab. We
are
currently going over potential/kinetic energy and recently covered
idea I have (that I'm certain others had done) was to roll a marble
down
plastic tube. The marble then would roll across and off of the lab
table
and hit the floor at a certain spot. Based upon knowing how high the
tube
is from the table, they can calculate the speed of the marble as it
exits
the tube and rolls across the table. Knowing the speed of the marble
and
height of the lab table, they should be able to figure the range of the
marble. To add some fun to it, I also planned on having them place
bulls-eye of where they think it'll land...each ring was worth some
points.

When I've tested the setup, I'm not getting very good results. My
setup was
the following: top of the plastic tube was 60cm from the top of the
lab
table, 90.07cm from the lab table to the floor, and the marble's range
was
97cm. I figured that it should've landed 147cm from the edge of the
lab
table (about 34% error). I've tried different tube heights and my
error
would fluctuate (the best being 24% error).

I'm curious if others had done something similar and suggestions for
improving my setup.

Just a thought - did you account for the rolling of the marble? That
will reduce its translational speed because part of KE is tied up in
rotation.

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it becomes with training a raging
passion." -- Nicholas S. Thompson
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Dr. George Spagna
Chair, Physics Department
Randolph-Macon College
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005-5505

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