Waves on Strings PHY113 - 1

# Waves on Strings PHY113 - 1 - Waves on Strings Objective...

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Waves on Strings Objective: The objective of this experiment was to explore various properties of waves traveling along a slinky and standing waves on a string. Experimental Procedures: Part A: In theory, a slinky is similar to a string in purpose of propagation of transverse waves. First off, stretch the slinky to a desired length. Once each length is achieved, measure the tension of the spring by utilizing the spring scale. This measurement is measured in Newtons. After both the length of the slinky and tension are recorded, one partner should launch a pulse that reaches the opposite side. Furthermore, the time it takes for the pulse to reach the opposite side of the slinky needs to be recorded. For this value the stopwatch provided should be used. With use of the stopwatch, record the travel time of the pulse for a minimum of three separate good runs. Once the data is recorded, calculate the experimental speed (speed = L/tave). L is the length that the slinky is stretched. It is necessary to compare the theoretical speed to the experimental speed recorded. After this is completed, repeat the previous procedures for the slinky from a different length.

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