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Lab 12 – Simple Harmonic Motion: ApproachIn this twelfth lab assignment, we discussed simple harmonic, and how to obtain the spring constant of a spring from a spring. First a brief background.Acording to Hooke’s Law, the force acting on a spring is the product of the displacement of the spring from its point of equilibrium and a its spring constant, which is different form spring to spring. If a spring follows Hooke’s Law, then a mass hung from the spring will follow simple harmonic motion.This lab assignment consists in comparing two different methods of calculating the spring constant of a spring, where the first one is by simply hanging masses from the spring, and the other involves letting the mass bounce using a force sensor to calculate how the mass moves.This makes up the apporach of our lab ssignement.
Lab 12 – Simple Harmonic Motion: DataFor the first part of the experiment, we hung five different masses (.1, .15, .2, .25, and .3 kg) and measured the displacement of the spring from its equilibrium, data