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Unformatted text preview: Do NOT write on these sheets or take them with you! The next class needs them too! PHYS-1200 PHYSICS II SPRING 2005 Class 11 Activity: Mechanical Oscillations The first question should take you no more than 5-10 minutes. 1. You are to set the mass/spring system available at your table into oscillatory motion by lifting the mass a short distance from equilibrium and releasing it. Then measure the period of oscillation, using only the clock on the wall or your watch. (Hint: It is easier, and more accurate, to measure the time taken for five or ten oscillations, and then divide the result by the number of oscillations.) a) Find the period for an amplitude of about 2 or 3 cm (about 1 inch). b) Find the period for an amplitude of about 10 or 12 cm (about 4 inches). c) Does amplitude appear to influence the period of oscillation? Download the “LoggerPro” file “oscillations.mbl” from the Activities page, using Internet Explorer (Netscape does not always download LoggerPro files appropriately) by right-clicking and choosing “Save As”. Once you have the file on your computer, double-click on it to start...
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2008 for the course PHYS 1200 taught by Professor Stoler during the Spring '06 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
- Spring '06