Kinetic Energies and Momentum – A Virtual PhET Lab
After completing this lab activity, the students should be able to:
The lab report must include the following:
Please visit the following website to learn more about lab reports:
An example of a lab report is given on the following website:
Please follow the steps given below to conduct the experiment:
You conduct this lab by connecting to the PhET website by clicking on the link given below (or where applicable through the embedded simulation on the lab page):
PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder
(If you cannot use the above simulation or cannot get to the website by clicking on the link, please copy and paste the link into your browser. If the simulation is not running, please check if you have the latest Java, Adobe Flash, or HTML5 software [depending on the simulated lab]. If you download the relevant software and attempt to run the simulation and it is still not working, please call the IT helpdesk. It also could be that your computer does not have sufficient space to run the simulation. Please check all the possibilities).
Please watch the following video to learn more about Newton’s Second Law and Momentum:
Set the pink ball mass as 2 kg mass and the blue ball mass as 3kg. The position of blue ball could be -1 and pink ball could be +1. Set the initial velocity of pink ball as -1.5 m/s and that of the blue ball as +3 m/s. Run the experiment and note all the relevant experimental values.