Driven Damped Cart Oscillations

Product Code: EX-5551A


Product Summary

The oscillator consists of a Smart Cart attached to two springs. The damping is provided by magnets mounted on the Smart Cart that cause eddy currents in the aluminum track. The amplitude of the oscillation is plotted vs. the driving frequency for different amounts of magnetic damping. Increased damping is provided by moving adjustable magnets closer to the aluminum track.

PASCO Advantage: The Smart Cart wirelessly measures the position and velocity of the cart as well as the magnetic drag, since the magnetic drag bumper is attached to the Smart Cart’s force sensor.

Designed for use with

  • 850 Universal Interface


  • Resonance curves
  • Magnetic drag

What’s Included

Software Required

This product requires PASCO software for data collection and analysis. We recommend the following option(s). For more information on which is right for your classroom, see our Software Comparison: SPARKvue vs. Capstone »

Interface Required

This product requires a PASCO Interface to connect to your computer or device. We recommend the following option(s). For a breakdown of features, capabilities, and additional options, see our Interface Comparison Guide »

Buying Guide

Required Accessories

1x Ohaus Triple-Beam Balance (with Tare)

1x 850 Universal Interface


Support Documents

Adjustable End Stop Manual

Dynamics Cart Magnetic Damping Manual

Dynamics Track Feet Pair Manual

Mechanical Oscillator/Driver Manual

Photogate Head Manual

Smart Cart Rod Stand Adapter Instruction Sheet

Wireless Smart Cart Manual