This Java applet simulates an air track glider setup, as it is used for experiments on constant acceleration motion. A gravitational acceleration of
The mass of the wagon, the value of the hanging mass and the coefficient of friction (within certain limits) can be changed.
For one measurement you have to adjust the measuring distance
(from the initial position to the light barrier LB, accuracy
Application of Newton's second law:
a ... acceleration m ... hanging mass g ... gravitational acceleration m ... coefficient of friction M ... mass of the car
Motion with constant acceleration and initial speed 0:
s ... distance a ... acceleration t ... time
© Walter Fendt, December 23, 1997
Last modification: March 27, 1999
This applet is part of the Contemporary College Physics Simulation Library.
Thanks to professor Taha Mzoughi (Mississippi State University) for the translation of the applet!