Lab 1 - Simple Pendulum - The Simple Pendulum and its...

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The Simple Pendulum and its Period January 15 th , 2008 By Objective In this experiment, the average period of a pendulum and its relationship to the length of the pendulum was to be determined. It was initially assumed that the average period would be directly proportional to some power of the length. A sizeable set of period and length data was to be collected and plotted on a logarithmic-based graph of a straight line. The slope of this line was then to be determined and treated as the power of the length that is directly proportional to the average period. Results As seen below, Table 1 contains the length (L) and period (T) data which was recorded for the simple pendulum. The mass of the pendulum and the angular amplitude were held constant in the recording of this data set. Length (L) was the independent variable and period (T) was the dependent variable. Period data was obtained by interfacing a photogate device with a Windows desktop PC. A
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