Logger Pro software can help make a Projectile Motion Physics Lab fun and engaging. In the video below, we show how Logger Pro software can be used to analyze a video of a tossed ball, and to measure the ball’s position vs. time. A free 30-day trial of Logger Pro is available for immediate download. Vernier, the company that makes Logger Pro, also makes an iPad app called Video Physics. The app costs $2.99, and is available through the App Store.
We used a camcorder to capture our video. If students were to use a smart phone to shoot the movie, they could easily email the video to themselves for use in the application.
With Logger Pro, you can advance your video to an exact frame, and begin collecting data from that point. This makes video editing unnecessary. The video formats Logger Pro supports are .Mov, .Avi, or .Mpeg. If your video is in a different format, you can download it or convert it using Zamzar.com, or a similar resource.