Universal 550 Physics Experiment Bundle

Product Code: UI-5830


The 550 Universal Physics System provides a complete set of labs for mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electromagnetism. Each lab consists of student instructions in a Word® document that the instructor can modify as they like, a PASCO Capstone setup file ready for data collection, a Capstone file with sample data, and all the lab equipment required for the experiment.

This system was designed to use both wireless and wired sensors, combined with the 550 Universal Interface that serves as a DC power supply and function generator.



  • Rotational Inertia Accessory (ME-3420)
  • Smart Cart Red (ME-1240)
  • Smart Cart Blue (ME-1241)
  • Dynamics Track Feet, End Stops and Pivot Clamps (ME-8994)
  • 1.2 m Aluminum Dynamics Track
  • Friction Block – IDS (ME-9807)
  • Smart Fan Accessory (ME-1242)
  • Wireless Accelerometer/Altimeter (PS-3223)
  • Smart Cart Rod Stand Adapter (ME-1244)
  • PAScar Cart Mass (set of 2) (ME-6757A)
  • Pi Set
  • Photogate Mounting Bracket (ME-6821A)
  • Mini Launcher (ME-6825B)
  • Mini Ballistic Pendulum Accessory (ME-6829)
  • Density Set (ME-8569A)
  • Large Rod Base (ME-8735)
  • 45 cm Stainless Steel Rod (ME-8736)
  • 90 cm Stainless Steel Rod (ME-8738)
  • Mass and Hanger Set (ME-8979)
  • Elastic Bumper (ME-8998)
  • IDS Spring Kit (ME-8999)
  • Picket Fence (ME-9377A)
  • Multi Clamps (2)
  • Large Table Clamp (ME-9472)
  • Photogate Head (ME-9498A) (2)
  • Pendulum Clamp (ME-9506)
  • PASPORT Rotary Motion Sensor (PS-2120A)
  • No-Bounce Pad (SE-7347)
  • Braided Physics String (SE-8050)

Heat, Waves, Sound, and Light

  • Sound Sensor (UI-5101)
  • Calorimeter Cup (2)
  • Calorimeter Cup Lid (2)
  • Tuning Fork Set (SE-7342)
  • Resonance Air Column (WA-9606)
  • Mini Speaker (WA-9605)
  • Basic Optics System
  • Precision Diffraction Slits (OS-8453)
  • Adjustable Focal Length Lens (OS-8494)
  • Red Diode Laser – Basic Optics (OS-8525A)
  • Polarization Analyzer — Basic Optics (OS-8533A)
  • Linear Translator — Basic Optics (OS-8535A)
  • PASPORT Absolute Pressure Sensor (PS-2107)
  • PASPORT Quad Temperature Sensor (PS-2143)
  • PASPORT High Sensitivity Light Sensor (PS-2176)
  • Banana Plug Cord-Red (5 Pack) (SE-9750)
  • Radiation Cans (TD-8570A)
  • Ideal Gas Law Apparatus (TD-8596A)


  • Bar Magnets (2 Pack)
  • Modular Circuits Set
  • Modular Circuits Expansion Pack (EM-3540)
  • Charge Sensor (PS-2132)
  • Wireless Current Sensor Module (EM-3534)
  • Charge Producers and Proof Plane (ES-9057C)
  • Faraday Ice Pail (ES-9042A)
  • Conductive Sphere
  • Electrostatics Voltage Source (ES-9077)
  • Field Mapper Kit (PK-9023)
  • Voltage Sensor (unshrouded) (UI-5100)

Supporting Documents

Basic Optics System Manual English 1.21 MB
Current Sensor Module – Getting Started English 340.81 KB
Mini Speaker Instruction Sheet English 200.60 KB
PASPORT Charge Sensor Manual English 307.83 KB
Resonance Air Column Manual English 938.19 KB
Rotational Inertia Accessory Kit Instruction Sheet English 806.52 KB
Smart Fan Accessory Manual English 1.24 MB
Sound Sensor Reference Guide English 983.16 KB
Wireless Acceleration/Altimeter Reference Guide English 597.21 KB
Wireless Smart Cart Manual English 972.15 KB
Wireless Smart Cart Manual English 972.15 KB


1. Introduction to Measurement
2. Uncertainty and Error Analysis
3. MatchGraph: Position and Velocity vs. Time
4. Instantaneous and Average Speed
5. Constant Acceleration: Graph P, V, A for a Fan Cart
6. Equations of Motion
7. Acceleration of a Freely Falling Ball
8. Acceleration of a Freely Falling Picket Fence
9. Constant Acceleration: Graph P, V, A for a Cart on Incline
10. Projectile Motion
11. Newton’s First Law – No Net Force
12. Newton’s Second Law – Acceleration
13. Newton’s Second Law – Force and Acceleration
14. Newton’s Second Law – Push-Pull a Cart
15. Newton’s Third Law – Tug-of-War
16. Newton’s Laws – Net Force
17. Newton’s Second Law – Atwood’s Machine
18. Friction and Newton’s Second Law
19. Centripetal Acceleration
20. Conservation of Energy – Cart on an Inclined Plane
21. Conservation of Energy for a Simple Pendulum 22. Hooke’s Law and Elastic Potential Energy
23. Work-Energy Theorem: Compare W to ΔE
24. Conservation of Momentum and KE in Collisions
25. Impulse and Change in Momentum
26. Ballistic Pendulum
27. Newton’s Second Law for Rotation
28. Rotational Inertia
29. Rotational Kinetic Energy
30. Conservation of Angular Momentum
31. Simple Harmonic Motion – Mass on a Spring
32. Oscillations of Cart and Springs
33. Physical Pendulum
34. Period of a Large Amplitude Pendulum
35. Archimedes’ Principle – Buoyant Force
36. Heat and Temperature
37. Transfer of Energy by Radiation
38. Specific Heat
39. Boyle’s Law: P and V of a Gas at Constant T
40. Behavior and Characteristics of Sound Waves
41. Resonant Modes of Sound in a Tube
42. Speed of Sound in Air 43. Superposition of Sound Waves
44. Interference of Sound Waves
45. Object and Image Distances for a Thin Lens
46. Reflection and Refraction
47. Focal Length of a Concave Mirror
48. Optical Instruments: Telescope and Microscope
49. Variation of Light Intensity
50. Light Intensity vs. Distance
51. Polarization: Verify Malus’ Law
52. Brewster’s Angle
53. Diffraction of Light
54. Electrostatic Charges
55. Electric Field Mapping
56. Ohm’s Law
57. Series and Parallel Circuits
58. Kirchhoff’s Laws
59. RC Circuit
60. General Properties of Diodes
61. Magnetic Field Mapping
62. Induction – Magnet Through a Coil