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High School Physics Recommended Equipment

Smart Cart Basic System


The carts can measure position, velocity, and acceleration along the path the cart is traveling. The attached hook is a force sensor that can measure +/- force to 100 N. This system can be used extensively to teach kinematics, and Newton’s Laws of Motion.  Because it can measure angular velocity it is great for a study of circular motion.

Super Pulley with Clamp


This pulley clamps onto the end of the dynamics track and has very low friction. It can be used in experiments like Newton’s Second Law when the goal is to accelerate a cart on the track with a constant unbalanced force such as would be obtained by connecting a string to the cart, running it over the pulley and attaching a hook and mass to the other end.

550 Universal Interfce


Capable of high sampling rates of up to 2MHZ on one channel. Has a built-in signal generator with an output of up to +/- V at a current of 400 mA. The frequency range is DC to 100 kHz. Schools that purchase this device need not purchase separate signal generators or oscilloscopes. Accepts all Science Workshop and PasPort sensors.

Shoot the Target


This target can be placed so that the ball will strike the target as it falls every time no matter what the launch velocity.

Wireless Force Acceleration Sensor


Measures +/- 50 N and has a higher resolution than the force sensor on the smart cart. The sensor can be used in place of a force scale and when used in pairs can be used to verify Newton’s Third Law of motion. The built in 3 axis gyroscope allows it to measure angular velocity so circular motion can be studied. 

Field Mapper Kit


Plot equipotential lines about different configurations of charged points and shapes.

Discover Free Fall System


Determine g and investigate air resistance.

Rotating Platform


Useful for experiments like studying circular motion when used together with the smart cart system.

Projectile Launcher


Launch a rubber ball with one of three different velocities at any angle between 0 and 90 above the horizontal. Launches are repeatable.

Modular Circuits Kit


Contains components needed for basic electric circuit experiments such as simple circuits, Ohm’s Law, Series and Parallel circuits

High Sensitivity Light Sensor


Use with OS-8534A, OS-8535A, and PS-2120A to make measurements on a two-point interference pattern or a single slit diffraction pattern.

Wireless Rotary Motion Sensor


Measures angle, angular velocity, and angular acceleration, as well as their linear equivalents.

Wireless Voltage Sensor


Measures voltage in two ranges +/- 15 V, +/- 5V. Maximum sampling rate is 1000 Hz.

Wireless Current Sensor


Measures currents in two ranges: +/1  A, +/- 0.1 A.  Maximum sampling rate is 1 kHz.

Wireless Light Sensor


Four sensors in one:

  • Ambient lux
  • Ultraviolet and infrared
  • Detect RGB colours separately
  • Measure PAR and irradiant light

Metal Resonance Strips


Use with wave driver SF-9324 and interface UI-5001

Chladni Plates


Use with wave driver SF-9324 and interface UI-5001 to show complex resonating patterns that arise in a metal plate forced to vibrate at different frequencies

Aperture Bracket


Use with OS-8535A, PS-2176, and PS-2120A to make measurements on a two-point interference pattern or a single slit diffraction pattern

Diffraction Kit


An accessory for PASCO’s Basic Optics Systems (OS-8515C). Supports most diffraction experiments with 26 possible slit patterns.

Dynamics Track Optics Carriages


Mount optical component on dynamics track to use with EP-3558

Linear Translator


Use with OS-8534A, PS-2176, and PS-2120A to make measurements on a two-point interference pattern or a single slit diffraction pattern.

Snakey (2 m spring)


Useful for student experiments involved in investigating the properties of waves like interference and reflection from fixed and free ends as well as modes of vibrations for standing waves.

Double Length Slinky


Useful for demonstrating various wave properties.

Hooked Mass Set


Useful for a variety of labs where masses must be added.

Triple Output Power Supply


Useful for a variety of applications such as the use of the field mapper kit and circuit work.

Tuning Fork Set


Forks cover an octave range and can be used for resonance and other activities.

Resonance Air Column with Speaker


A detailed study of resonance in an air column (both open and closed).

Wireless Sound Sensor


Two sensors in one:

  • Sound wave sensor – measures changes in relative pressure level
  • Sound level sensor – with dBA and dBC weighted scales.

Bar Magnets


Use to study fields about magnets and electromagnetic induction.

Wireless Magnetic Field Sensor


Senses the Earth’s magnetic field, magnetic fields from current-carrying coils, and permanent magnets.

Variable Gap Magnet


Very powerful magnet with an adjustable gap. Excellent for a wide range of demonstrations involving magnetism.

Meter Stick


Small A Base


Threaded Rod


Right Angle Clamp


Buret/Utility Clamp


Pendulum Clamp


Universal Table Clamp

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