Motion on a Long Air Track


Front View
The Long Air Track

Collisions and Newton’s Laws are studied on a large air track.



Principles Illustrated

Two sonars can be used to study motion and collisions on this very large air track.

NCEA & Science Curriculum

SCI 1.1, PHYS 2.4


AngleViewThe track requires two large blowers and some effort to set up.


The air track is heavy, requires two people to lift.

Individual teachers are responsible for safety in their own classes. Even familiar demonstrations should be practised and safety-checked by individual teachers before they are used in a classroom.

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This teaching resource was developed with support from

The MacDiarmid Institute
Faculty of Science, Victoria University of Wellington
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington


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