Benjamin Franklin Institute of TechnologyLaboratory ReportLab Experiment #3 – Adding and Resolving Vectors: TheForce TableStudent Name: Alesio KananiDate: Fall 2018Course Number: PH 215-LAB 5Instructor: Prof. Mount
Introduction:Vectorsare quantities that have both magnitudeand direction. Magnitude describes the size of a vector and contains the units.The force table is an apparatus that enables 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.The magnitude of a force (vector) is varied by adding or removing slotted weights, and the direction of the force is varied by moving the pulley.Two forces (vectors) can be balanced with a third string and weight so that the ring Is centered around the central pin. This balancing force is not the resultant R, but rather the equilibrant E, or the force that balances the other forces and holds the ring in equilibrium. E is the vector force that has an equal magnitude but is in the opposite direction of R (i.e., R = -E).