Postprint version. Published in The Physics Teacher, Volume 39, Issue 2, February 1, 2001, pages 88-89.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Thomas Bensky was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1355165.
A method for experimentally measuring g, the Earth's gravitational acceleration, is presented. This method uses a computer joystick and computer as the primary measuring device. If a computer is available, it costs almost nothing to implement, and can be adapted for use as a high school or undergraduate lab exercise, or as a lecture demonstration.
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