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Science: Vernier - Air Resistance
by Vernier Software & Technology


Students use the Vernier Motion Detector to measure the effect of air resistance on falling objects. They determine how air resistance and mass affect the terminal velocity of a falling object and then choose a force model that fits the data.

Key Steps

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    Students set up a time graph experiment modeling air resistance by placing the motion detector on the floor.

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    Students then start the data collection as they drop coffee filters on top of the motion detector creating distance vs time graphs.