Physics C Mechanics

Hands-On Lab Equipment - AP Physics C Mechanics:

     A list of equipment needed to perform the hands-on lab activities for this course is shown below. Although almost all of the equipment can be found in a typical home, some of the items may need be purchased at a neighborhood store or our companion website (www.myscience-prep.com). If you want to order this equipment online, please give yourself time for shipping.

List of Equipment:

Unit

Lab

Materials

1

Kinematics
Note: A low-friction dynamics cart and protractor are included in the myscience-prep lab kit.
cart

  • A toy car with low friction wheels
  • A long piece of flat wood (such as a bookshelf)
  • Books
  • Ruler (preferably a meter stick)
  • Protractor
  • Stopwatch

2

Coefficient of Friction
Note: A protractor is included in the myscience-prep lab kit.

  • Long piece of smooth wood (ex: a bookshelf)
  • Small block of wood
  • Protractor to make angle measurements (or a ruler to make length measurements)
  • Books to help make an inclined plane with the long piece of wood
  • Several pieces of notebook paper
  • Tape

2

Uniform Circular Motion
Note: A pair of safety glasses and the electronic scale are included in the myscience-prep lab kit.

  • The body tube from a ball point pen
  • String
  • 10 to 15 pennies (1983 or newer)
  • 15 quarters (1965 or newer)
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Stopwatch
  • An electronic kitchen scale
  • Safety glasses

4

Conservation of Momentum
Note: Note: The entire ramp system is included in the myscience-prep lab kit. 

ramp

  • Two heavy spheres (steel spheres preferred)
  • Plastic ruler or a metal ramp
  • Piece of wood onto which the ramp can be fastened
  • Books
  • Tape measure or a meter stick
  • A plumb line (string with a weight attached)

5

Angular Motion
Note: Several sizes of steel spheres, a plastic sphere, a wooden sphere, various metal cylinders, and an electronic scale are included in the myscience-prep lab kit. 

Sphere

cylinder


scale dimensions

  • Several steel, plastic, and wooden marbles of various sizes
  • Various metal cylinders (hollow and solid)
  • Several different sized empty cans of soup
  • A new (thick) roll of masking tape or duct tape
  • A Long piece of smooth wood (ex: a bookshelf)
  • Books to help make an inclined plane with the long piece of wood
  • Tape measure or a meter stick
  • Stopwatch
  • An electronic kitchen scale 

6

The Simple Pendulum


  • Metal nuts 
  • String
  • Strong tape
  • Digital camera or cell phone

6

Resonance

  • Metal nuts 
  • String
  • Stopwatch

7

Kepler's Laws

  • Graph Paper
  • Ruler

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