After that, we ask if height the ball is dropped makes a difference? To which they reply that yes it does. When pushed further - they answer that it increases the speed (final velocity). This was the question & hypothesis that created the perfect segway into the next lab: Does height increase a balls (average) velocity?
- What we want to know is if height increases a balls final velocity before impact.
- To test this, we're going to drop a ball at various different heights on a ramp and measure the time it takes for it to reach the bottom. We're using a ramp to slow down the downward decent and measuring the heights at every 30 cm interval of the ramp.
- If our hypothesis is correct, we should see an increase in speed as we increase the height.
- With graph 1 & 3, (Time v. Height, Height v. Time) We notice that even though it takes more time to get to the base of the ramp, it seems to do so at a quicker pace.
- Graph 2: (Height v. Speed) On this graph, we're noticing that the speed is gradually increasing as we increase height.
Yes, height does increase the final velocity of a falling object.