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What Does Motion Look Like?

To explore one way of modeling motion we will be utilizing the computer.

So if you haven't done so already, long onto a laptop and open DataStudio.

Select "CREATE EXPERIMENT"  in the "Welcome to DataStudio" window.

DataStudio will automatically locate the proper interface for you. 

Select "MOTION SENSOR" from the list to the left of the picture of the interface.

Double-click on the motion sensor icon below the interface.

Click the "MEASUREMENT" tab and select only POSITION.

Close the "Experiment Setup" window.

Drag the "GRAPH" display into the area to the right, and you will see a POSITION v. TIME graph open.

  1. Hold your notebook a half-meter or so from the motion sensor and click START, after ten seconds or so click STOP.  Sketch the graph produced in your notebook.
  2. Hold your notebook up to the motion sensor and click START.  Move your notebook away from the motion sensor at a constant speed.  After ten seconds or so click STOP.   Sketch the graph produced in your notebook.
  3. Hold your notebook about one meter away from the motion sensor and click START.  Move your notebook toward the motion sensor at a constant speed.  After ten seconds or so click STOP. Sketch the graph produced in your notebook.

Open the "Experiment Setup" window. Double-click the motion sensor icon, click the "MEASUREMENT" tab,  and add "VELOCITY"  to "POSITION". 

Click and drag each of the Velocity "Runs" into the graph window.

 

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