Akshay Patel
Period 10
Honors Physics
Simple Harmonic Motion  Pendulum
Objective:
To understand the difference between period and frequency; to study factors
which may affect the motion of a pendulum; to use a pendulum to measure the
acceleration due to gravity.
Conclusion:
This lab explains a lot about simple harmonic motion. Period (T) means the time
it takes the object to move through one complete cycle of motion, from x=A to x=A and
back to x=A. Frequency is the number of complete cycles or vibrations per unit of time,
and is the reciprocal of the period (f=1/T). In this lab, the period was the time divided by
the number of cycles while the frequency was the number of cycles. In the first three
parts of the lab, we look at what can change the motion of a pendulum. By using the
equation of the motion of a pendulum, T=2
π
((L/g)
2
), we can check the experimental
value of the period with our actual value from the lab. In part A, B, and C, our
experimental and actual values were close to each other. Also, in part A and B, the
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 Spring '06
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 Simple Harmonic Motion, Wavelength

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