Lab Experiment 6 - Alex Blaies (AMB4747) Lab Experiment 6:...

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Alex Blaies (AMB4747) Lab Experiment 6: A Mechanical Oscillator Introduction: The objective of this lab is to test if a puck experiences simple harmonic motion while being attached to two springs. If an object is under the influence of a force, it will experience acceleration in the direction of that force. To test this we will connect an air puck to a spring system and observe its motion as it glides along on the air table. By analyzing its trajectory, we will see whether or not it experiences harmonic motion. Since the spring exerts a force which obeys Hooke’s law, our hypothesis can be that if the particle undergoes simple harmonic motion, an object under the influence of a force will indeed experience acceleration in the direction of that force. Conclusion: After recording the trajectory of the puck as it travels through one period of its oscillation, we found out that the puck does in fact experience simple harmonic motion as described by the equation Xn=A cos (w ndeltaT + phi), and thus Newtonian physics prediction
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2011 for the course PHY 103n taught by Professor Lab during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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