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Physics Honors/AP 1 and 2

LAB: Mass Two Ways

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Physics Lab

Measuring Gravitational and Inertial Mass

Note: you must design the details for this experiment yourself: it is not a cookbook experiment.

Goal: Determine whether a difference exists between gravitational and inertial mass.

Materials

Procedure

  1. Read through this PhysicsLAB's Gravitational vs. Inertial Mass description. Determine how you will measure each type of mass and write up a plan for your procedure.

Data Handling

  1. Plan the table for your gravitational mass data. How will you measure gravitational mass? What units will you use? What data will you collect? What calculations will you need to make?
  2. Plan the table for your inertial mass data. How will you determine inertial mass from the data you collect? What units will you use for your observations? What calculations will you need to make?

Report

Follow best practices to write a full, independently-produced, formal lab report for this lab.