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CE 270 lab2 - Name Matthew Lingam Course CE 270 Experiment...

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Name: Matthew Lingam Course: CE 270 Experiment: Cable Laboratory Exercise Date of Experiment: 2-4-10 Partners: Zach Williams, Matt Kulikowski, Ian Buck Lab Instructor: Matthew Gilbertson
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Introduction: This lab investigated the amount of tension in a cable if weights were placed at two different points along the cable. In the experiment, the force of the cable was determined by a tension gauge at one end of the cable. This experiment was being modeled with a piece of string which was attached at both ends to a hook and then along the string weights were attached to the string. The weights were a three, five, or ten pound weight. The tension in the string from point A to point B which contained a weight was calculated by the tension gauge. A prediction about this experiment is that it will not be very accurate, and the average percent of error will be around 25%.
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Discussion: This experiment has two different tests and two runs for each test for accuracy. During this experiment a cable system was set up just like the picture shown on the lab sheet. The difference was that different weights were used at points B and D. After the weights were placed onto the cable system the distances were recorded for the distances asked. This was done twice so as to get an average to ensure accuracy.
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