Toy Car Motion
Please remember that for the out-of-class mini-lab you must write
a short overview and conclusion.
toy car, stopwatch, meterstick/tape measure
Select a line or place a pencill on the floor to mark your starting point.
Beginning at the starting line, give your car a gentle push forward. At
the same time, start your stopwatch.
Stop timing exactly when the car comes to a complete stop. Mark the spot
at the front of the car with another pencil.
Record the time for the entire trip. Measure the distance to the nearest
tenth of a centimeter and convert it to meters.
Calculate the average speed during your car's trip. What was the car's
How would the velocity reading differ if you repeated the experiment in
exactly the same way in the opposite direction?
Describe any acceleration you observed the car undergo. How would you cause
a greater acceleration?
Be sure to read the directions for these on the How
Do I Do That? page.
Frame of reference video
Motion sensor activity
Sean's Hot Wheels Graph