Data Collection -
Turn the timer on and set it to “Gate” mode.2.
Tap the receptor pad to reset the Free Fall Timer device.3.
Press the RESET button on the photogate timer to reset the timer4.
Measure the distance
from the bottom of the ball to the top of the receptor pad andrecord this value in Table 1.5.
Loosen the thumbscrew to release the ball. It should hit the receptor pad. If not, resetthe timer, reposition the pad, and try again.6.
Read the time on the digital display of the timer and record this time in theappropriate row and column of Table 1.7.
Press the reset button on the photogate timer, reposition the Free Fall Device to a newposition and repeat steps 3-6. You should do this for no fewer than eight differentpositions,
being sure to get as wide of a variety of positions as the equipment willallow
For each distance, a value for
can be obtained using
. Once all of thedata have been collected, an average value of
can be found and each individualvalue compared with this average. The deviation from the mean value should berecorded for each data number and the standard deviation from the mean value of
should be computed and entered in the last cell of the table. The last two cells in yourtable then have your average value of
determined by your experimental data as wellas a measure of the spread in the values obtained.9.
On the graph paper provided, plot the data points collected in your experiment. Onthe same graph make a smooth plot of the equation
using 9.8 m/s
Next make a plot of y
on the graph paper provided.