Vernier's New Track System Allows Students To Perform Physics Experiments
The new system of carts and friction pads will let students do their own physics experiments.
Software & Technology has launched a
new system of carts and friction pads designed to help students perform
experiments in order to learn physics concepts.
Cart and Track System allows students to explore kinematics,
and energy. Each system includes a track, two carts, an ultra pulley
and all of
the necessary attachment accessories. The systems can also be easily
study optics, color and diffraction.
The two new carts — a standard
cart and a plunger cart — can be reconfigured for different experiments
attaching various sensors and using magnets or spring-loaded plungers.
mass trays make it possible to adjust total mass.
The stand-alone system will
retail for $239. For $384, students can also get a Vernier Motion
System that captures more motion data than a traditional ultrasonic
detector. Other accessories that can be purchased separately include a
and launcher kit, fan cart, friction pad and an entire options
The new system is
particularly suitable for studying Newton's second law, acceleration on
inclined plane and conservation of momentum.
"This new next-generation
system helps students conduct engaging, hands-on investigations while
key physics concepts," said Vernier Software and Technology CEO John
upon the design of our current dynamics system, the new technology
both teachers and students with an extremely durable, flexible and
solution to collect and analyze a wide variety of physics-related data."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.