Spring Scale Mini

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Spring Scale Mini-Lab    Develop and test a procedure for measuring the masses of the three unknown  cylinders.    Procedure   1.) Draw a free body diagram of the oscillation at equilibrium (the mass is not  moving and the spring is at rest) of a random mass. Knowing that there are two  forces on the spring and that there is no acceleration we can assume that the  Force of the spring is equal to the gravitational force on the mass. Apply this  knowledge to Hook’s Law in which Fs=-kx, where the spring is displaced by x  from its natural length and, in response, a force is exerted as shown in the  equation. In this equation, k is a positive number and is called the spring constant  (indicates how stiff the spring, higher value means greater stiffness). The minus  sign reminds us that Fs and x are always in opposite directions. Knowing that the

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## This note was uploaded on 11/27/2010 for the course PHYSICS 161 taught by Professor Nagin during the Fall '10 term at University of Illinois at Springfield.

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