Lab 1 - Tim Matthews Everett Rauch Exp#1 A Measurement of the Acceleration due to Gravity Section 10 Abstract The goal of this experiment was to

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Everett Rauch February 11, 2008 Exp #1 – A Measurement of the Acceleration due to Gravity Section 10 Abstract The goal of this experiment was to measure the acceleration of a lead weight due to gravity. Essentially we should have got a value of 980 cm/s 2 , which is the gravitational force felt here on Earth. In our experiment we obtained a value of 966.67 cm/s 2 , which is 1.36% off the actual value. Theory It is Newton’s gravitational law that says that everything has a force applied to it due to gravity no matter where you are in the universe. This changes from place to place depending on your distance from the center of whatever planet you’re on. The equation used to find Force is F g = M * A. Force of gravity is equal to mass(M) times acceleration(A). Another equation that is used in this experiment is Velocity = ∆X / ∆T or X f - X i / T f - T i . With this equation we can then get Acceleration which is ∆V / ∆T. Procedure

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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course PHYSICS 131 taught by Professor Hatch during the Spring '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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Lab 1 - Tim Matthews Everett Rauch Exp#1 A Measurement of the Acceleration due to Gravity Section 10 Abstract The goal of this experiment was to

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