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Simple Harmonic Motion PHY113 - 1

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Simple Harmonic Motion Objective: The objective of this experiment was to study the simple harmonic oscillator constructed from springs and masses. To verify that the period of the SHM is proportional to the square root of the mass and independent of the amplitude. It was also to measure the dynamic spring constant and to verify the conservation of energy law. Experimental Procedures: The experimental setup begins by placing a cart on a nearly frictionless track. A photogate placed in the center above the track and a motion sensor at the one end. A spring is the attached at each end of the track and then to each end of the cart. After setting up the experiment it is required to open the pre-set experiment file “PHY113SHM”. With no added mass on the cart you must displace the cart 8 cm and start recording. The data acquisition will stop automatically after 5 sec. You then must determine the resonant frequency of the oscillator and calculate the spring constant from the period measured by the photogate. The recording of position vs. time must be fit
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