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Physics of Mechanics PH-110 Experiment 2: Object in Free Fall
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Introduction: The purpose of this experiment is to study the motion of an object in free fall, and describe this motion mathematically. The motion of an object is well known to be described by constant acceleration, as long air resistance can be neglected. In this experiment, we analyzed the motion of an object in free fall as if we did not already know this result. We are able to conclude from our analysis that such objects do fall with constant acceleration. We also are able to determine the magnitude of that acceleration. Experimental Technique: We used a device called the “Behr Free Fall Apparatus” to record the motion of an object in free fall. An object with a conducting metal ring is dropped between two vertical copper wires, connected to a high voltage power supply. As the object falls, sparks jump from one wire to the metal ring, and then to the other wire. Each spark melts a small spot of wax on the paper tape, thus marking the position of the object at that
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This lab report was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHYSICS PH-110 taught by Professor Gurria during the Spring '06 term at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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