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Title: Free fall in vacuum
Alternative title / Subtitle: an educational Lab-experiment
Authors: Σιανούδης, Ιωάννης Α.
Πετράκη, Μ.
Σερρής, Μ.
Πρελορέντζος, Λουδοβίκος Α.
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Air resistance;Αντίσταση στον αέρα;Fall experiments;Πειράματα πτώσης;Air pressure;Ατμοσφαιρική πίεση
Subjects: Science
Issue Date: 27-Jan-2015
Date of availability: 27-Jan-2015
Publisher: Νερατζής, Ηλίας
Σιανούδης, Ιωάννης
Abstract: Free fall experiments, based on various methods and technologies, can be found in every educational Physics laboratory. The proposed apparatus allows the study of the effect of air resistance in the movement of the falling body. The apparatus is relatively simple and easy to construct, and consists of a tube in which a ping pong ball is dropped. Various conditions of air pressure in the tube, measured with a sensor, can be realized through the use of an air-pump. The motion of the ball is monitored via a series of LED-photo resistor gates which are placed along the tube, and which take measurements of the position of the ball at various points of its path. As the ball falls, it passes through successive photo resistor gates, the signals of which can be collected and analyzed with a common computer program. Taking and analyzing data with the proposed apparatus may be considered as an interesting and useful educational activity for first semester students. In this paper, we present a description of the apparatus, together with some experimental results exhibiting the role of air resistance in the motion of the ball. The experimental data presented were obtained during a typical student laboratory session.
Language: English
Citation: Sianoudis, I.A., Petraki, M., Serris, M. and Prelorentzos, L.A. (2009). Free fall in vacuum: an educational Lab-experiment. "e-Journal of Science & Technology". [Online] 4(1): 37-44. Available from:
Journal: e-Περιοδικό Επιστήμης & Τεχνολογίας
e-Journal of Science & Technology
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 04, τεύχος 1 (2009)

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