What's New on the Physics Aviary
The programs listed below have either been added to the site or significantly modified during the 2019 - 2020 school year.
Predicting Speed at a Location on an Incline
Speed at a Certain Location on Ramp

Students need to use a short-range motion detector to find the acceleration of a car on an incline. Then the students need to use that acceleration to predict the speed at a certain location along the ramp. The students will then use a photogate to test that prediction

Predicting Location of 3rd Photogate with a Quick Start
C from Electrical Energy

This challenge activity can be used in conjunction with a lab on photogates to make sure students understand how to interpret the data. Student will measure the distance between two photogates and use the block and unblock times to determine the speed of a constant speed vehicle. This will then be used to find the location of a third, unseen, gate. The data will start getting collected when the car is not at the origin.

Predicting Location of 3rd Photogate
C from Electrical Energy

This challenge activity can be used in conjunction with a lab on photogates to make sure students understand how to interpret the data. Student will measure the distance between two photogates and use the block and unblock times to determine the speed of a constant speed vehicle. This will then be used to find the location of a third, unseen, gate.

Predicting Time to Reach 3rd Photogate
C from Electrical Energy

This challenge activity can be used in conjunction with a lab on photogates to make sure students understand how to interpret the data. Student will measure the distance between two photogates and use the block and unblock times to determine the speed of a constant speed vehicle. This will then be used to find the time at which the car will reach a third, unseen, gate.

Measuring Speed with Photogate
C from Electrical Energy

This activity makes sure that students are able to measure the speed of a vehicle using photogates. The vehicle is described as constant velocity and students are to assess that claim by making multiple measurements of speed at different junctures of the vehicles motion.

Determining Resistance and Charge on a Capacitor For a Series Circuit
R and q for Series Circuit Picture

This program will make sure students understand how to find the resistance of a resistor in a circuit with a capacitor. Students will also have to be able to find the charge stored on a capacitor in this circuit.

Determining Charge on a Capacitor For Parallel in Series Circuit
Determining Charge on a Capacitor for a Parallel in Series Circuit Picture

This program will make sure students understand how a circuit is affected by a switch that can be used to short circuit one of the resistors. Students will also have to be able to find the charge stored on a capacitor in this circuit.

Determining Resistance For Parallel in Series Circuit
Determining Resistance of Resistors in a Parallel in Series Circuit Picture

This program will make sure students understand how a circuit is affected by a switch that can be used to short circuit one of the resistors.

Specific Heat From Electrical Energy
C from Electrical Energy

This program was to see if students could determine the specific heat of a liquid based on the electrical energy that enters the fluid. Students will need to collect data on the temperature of the fluid based on the time the electrical energy has been entering the fluid. Based of this, they should find the specific heat of the fluid.

Multimeter Function Challenge
Multimeter Function Challenge

This program was designed to make sure students could find their way around a multimeter. Students will get a series of 19 different questions and they will have to identify the different areas of the meter that will let you answer that question.

Values of Sine Curve
Values of Sine Curve Picture

This program was designed to make sure students could find values for a randomly generated sine curve.

Pendulum PocketLab Lab
Pendulum Lab

This program was designed as a companion to the pendulum lab using a PocketLab. This program will allow students to supplement the live lab with factors we could not normally test.

Photoelectric Problem
Photoelectric Problem Picture

This program was designed to make sure students could find the work function of an unknown metal by collecting data for KE of ejected electrons and the frequency of the light shined on the metal.

Equation of Linear Graph
Equation of Linear Graph

This program was designed to make sure students could get the slope of a linear graph manually.

Treadmill Lab
Treadmill Lab

This program was designed generate some data for students to graph. This program will be used in the opening week when students are learning how to graph and the definitions of speed and pace.

Quick Graph 4.0
Quick Graph Picture

This program was designed to allow students to quickly find the relationship between two variables. Students can graph up to 19 data points and find an equation relating the two variables. This program will also allow students to linearize most of the labs they will do in an introductory physics course.

YouTube video describing the lab