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Unformatted text preview: Experiment 1: Random Motions Giselle Zornberg PHY 103M Section #60260 Introduction: The purpose of this experiment is to prove that the motion of a particle whose interactions during the course of its trajectory are not sufficiently known is effectively random. In order to describe the motion of the particle, the probability of the particles behavior must be measured or calculated and can be displayed using the Gaussian distribution. This lab will consist of recording the final position of marbles rolling down an incline covered with a matrix of nails to randomize its path, and utilizing this data to represent a probability distribution. Three tests will be run: the first test run uses a small sample size and glass marbles, the second a larger sample size and glass marbles and the third a larger sample size and steel marbles. Thus, this experiment will test the effect of different sample sizes as well as different sample materials (size and density of marble) on the probability distribution of marbles rolling...
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- Spring '08