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Relationship between acceleration and slope

by leftyguitarjo
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leftyguitarjo
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Mar7-08, 03:39 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Well, I did an experiment to find a quantitative relationship between an objects acceleration and the slope of the surface it is on. This involves no other propulsion other than gravity itself. It is a very simple setup: A track with one end lifted to various heights, a motion detector hooked up to a computer to log speed, acceleration and position, and a little cart to go down the track.


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3. The attempt at a solution
I used linear regression and the data collected, and got a=.14h-0.9
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I was expecting a square root somewhere in there and an asymptote of about 9.8 because it obviously wont accelerate faster than gravity.

I already recieved credit for the work, but I want to know the actual formula (if any)
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Doc Al
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Mar7-08, 06:55 PM
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Figure it out. What's the component of gravity acting down the incline?
leftyguitarjo
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Mar7-08, 08:36 PM
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I'm sorry, but I just dont know.

Remember, I'm only at a high school level. I've only gotten as far as kinematics, and through my electrical work, I know a bit about electrical theory.

But i will look into this subject further. I want to impress the teacher

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Mar7-08, 08:41 PM
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Relationship between acceleration and slope

This might help: Inclined Planes
leftyguitarjo
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Mar7-08, 08:44 PM
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Thank you!

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