Air Track - Center Of Mass Of Coupled Gliders

Purpose

To demonstrate uniform motion of the center of mass of an oscillating system.

Equipment

Air track with coupled gliders, as photographed.

Setup Time

5 min.

Images

c1-12

Description

As the gliders oscillate while moving along the air track, the center of mass (marked by an orange dot on the spring) moves with a constant velocity.◙

References

(PIRA 1D40.55)