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# Lab5Springs - 1 Physics 2010 Laboratory 5 Springs and...

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1 1/25/2010 University of Colorado at Boulder Physics 2010 Laboratory 5: Springs and Things NAME ________________________ Section Day (circle): M Tu W Th F Section Time: 8a 10a 12p 2p 4p TA Name: _____________________ There is no prelab with this exercise. Part A: Masses and Springs This is a "virtual lab" . We will do an experiment using software which can be found at the PhET simulations page: http://www.colorado.edu/physics/phet Click on "Go to Simulations" and then click on the "Masses and Springs" icon. You should see this: 0) Play with this simulation for a while. Try to figure out what all the controls do. 1) Figure out a way to determine the spring constant k of Spring 1. Recall that the spring constant k is defined by Hooke's Law |F spring | = k x , where x is the amount of stretch of the spring. Hint: For each mass m hung, you can measure a stretch x. How can you compute k from your values of m and x? (Notice that you can "zoom in" by right-clicking with the mouse.) Make some measurements so that you can produce a graph of stretch x vs. mass m

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