NANSLO Remote Lab Activity: Conservation of Momentum and Energy

This NANSLO lab activity is self-contained and can be used in physics courses. In this activity, an air track is used to measure elastic and inelastic conditions. The lab activity includes background information on conversation laws and inelastic collisions. The lab activity also includes pre-lab questions, a lab exercise, data analysis activities, post-exercise questions, and an optional statistical analysis exercise.
Primary Material Type:
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Funding Source:
NANSLO Remote Lab Activity: Conservation of Momentum and Energy uses an air track to determine the mass of the sled used, energize the electromagnet, and launch the sled and collect data several times, and prepare data tables and analyze results of these trials to calculate momentum and energy of the sleds before and after collision, lab activity.

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Health Care
Industry Sector:
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Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelors Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
  • Upper division of Bachelors degree or equivalent
Time Required:
2 Hrs connected to laboratory through the Internet plus pre-lab and post-lab work
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Active - requires user to respond to prompts, questions, etc.
Quality Note:
Curriculum experts in this discipline worked with others to define learning objectives needed for this lab activity. Draft activity was shared among faculty. Based on feedback, lab activity was modified prior to distributing as final. Experts in remote web-based science labs who are also science faculty worked together to define the web-enabled interface design used by students to perform the lab activity via the Internet and created the lab setup (robotics, scientific equipment, and items needed to complete the lab activity) testing it with lab technicians and others prior to launching the final lab activity.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • None
Course Note:
Physics courses

Copyright / Licensing

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