PHYSICSREPORT (3) - PHYSICS REPORT NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY TITLE OF EXPERIMENT The Addition and Resolution of Vectors The Force Table Name Elizabeth

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PHYSICS REPORTNORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITYTITLE OF EXPERIMENT: The Addition andResolution of Vectors: The Force TableOBJECT OF EXPERIMENT: After this experiment, you should be able to add a set of vectors graphically and analytically to find the resultant, and appreciate the differences between the two methods. EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURE: This should include a brief discussion of the method of experimentation and calculation in terms of the background theory. It is not to be a copy of the laboratory manual. Sketches of equipment block diagrams or circuit diagrams are recommended when they contribute to an understanding of the written statement. Continue on page 2 as necessary.IntroductionA scalar is a quantity with magnitude and a vector is a quantity with both magnitude and direction. Because a vector has the properties of direction, the common method of addition (scalaraddition) is not applicable. To find the resultant you must use methods such as graphical or analytical procedures. Also, you can determine the resultant experimentally by utilizing a force table. A force table is an apparatus that allows the experimental determination of the resultant of force vectors. The rim of the circular table is calibrated in degrees. Weight forces are applied to a central ring by means of strings running over pulleys and attached to weight hangers. Changing weights and direction can alter the magnitude of a vector, and the resultant is found by balancing the forces with another force so the ring does not touch the center pin. The balancing force, however, is not the resultant but the equilibrant.

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