NANSLO Remote Lab Activity: Uniform Motion

This NANSLO lab activity is self-contained and can be used in physics courses. In this activity, an air track is used to investigate motion without acceleration. Instantaneous velocity can be determined using photo gates. The lab activity includes background information that defines constant velocity and accelerated motion, the method for determining the relationship between the position and time for an object moving with a constant velocity, how an air track removes friction for more accurate readings, and provides the position equation for an object moving with a constant velocity. The lab activity also includes a pre-lab exercise, lab exercises, post exercise questions, and an optional statistical analysis exercise.
Primary Material Type:
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Funding Source:
NANSLO Remote Lab Activity: Uniform Motion uses an air track to investigate motion without acceleration using two sleds with different masses, lab activity

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Health Care
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (29-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Physical Sciences (40)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelors Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College 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

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