Inclined Plane Lab

Doing endless inclined plane problems on paper can get old really fast, so why not create a real-life version where students are responsible for taking measurements and using them to calculate actual information?

This lab doesn’t require a lot of fancy materials either.  All you need is some sort of ramp (like a 2 x 4), a cart or buggy, some meter sticks, and a spring scale.  Prop the ramp up on the chalkboard ledge, a chair, or a couple of books and you’re ready to go.  Students should be able to calculate Fg, Fnet F//, Fnormal, Ffriction,θ, μ, acceleration, and velocity.

Here’s the lab sheet I use: Inclined Plane Lab


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