Air Resistance Lab
- Coffee Filters (6 per group)
- Meter Sticks
What to find:
Determine a general mathematical relationship between air resistance (drag) and terminal velocity. You must drop coffee filters flat bottom down.
What to address:
- How soon does terminal velocity appear to take place?
- What forces are acting at terminal velocity? Diagram and write a net force equation.
- How will you relate the coffee filters to air resistance?
- What is your procedure?
- What will you do with the data to determine the relationship? (Graph!)
- Data Table, clearly labeled.
- Multiple trials (Minimum of 5 for each variable)
- Graphically determine the relationship between air resistance and terminal velocity. Fully show any calculations you do.
- Give a general mathematical model for this relationship.
Science Argumentation:AP Physics 1
Science Practice 4: The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question
4.1 The student can justify the selection of the kind of data needed to answer a particular scientific question
4.2 The student can design a plan for collecting data to answer a particular scientific question.
4.3 The student can collect data to answer a particular scientific question
4.4 The student can evaluate sources of data to answer a particular scientific question.
Science Practice 5: The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence.
5.1 The student can analyze data to identify patterns or relationships.
5.2 The student can refine observation and measurements based on data analysis.
5.3 The student can evaluate the evidence provided by data sets in relation to a particular scientific question.
Science Practice 6: The student can work with scientific explanations and theories.
6.1 The student can justify claims with evidence.