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Challenge Team Interim Report
Description of Project
Our group is going to examine motion using photography and a strobe light, with a variety of objects in different settings.
Solving Problem Computationally
With the use of a high-speed camera and a strobe light, measurements will be taken of the position of a ball rolling down an incline plane. The data collected will be entered into the computer and compared to known physics equations using C++. One experiment will involve two objects of different weight and size, such as a marble and a baseball. The balls will be tracked in set time intervals such as 1/10 Second. Since the time interval and height will be constant the distance between strobes can be determined.
If the above experiments work well, the next experiment will be to photograph a drop of H2O falling with a high-speed camera. The data will be compared to the photographs with actual equations from a physics book. The next step will be to write a C++ program to model how the drop changes on its way down.
After the project topic was decided on we met with a possible mentor. Sadly he has been on emergency leave since then. He gave us the idea of filming a drop of water or a rolling ball with a fast camera to learn more about motion. Even though the supplies like a strobe light and a high-speed camera were found they can't be purchased without a mentor. As soon as the equipment arrives the experiments will be conducted.
Our group looks forward to getting data from the experiments. Pictures and data will help us understand motion at a higher level.
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