lab5 - Ankit Patel Professor Hardy 10-18-10 Physics 1 Lab...

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Ankit Patel Professor Hardy 10-18-10 Physics 1 Lab Lab Partners: Shawn Becker, Amer Fadelisad Experiment 5: Circular Motion and Centripetal Force Objective : The dependence of the centripetal force on mass, radius and angular velocity will be studied by rotating masses in a horizontal circular path at constant angular velocities. Data: See Tables and graphs on next page Discussion : In the experiment, uniform circular motion describes a body moving in a circular path at a constant speed. The distance from the axis of rotation remains constant, but velocity does not because the body is always changing direction. Because the velocity is always changing, it is known that there is an acceleration, specifically a centripetal acceleration towards the center of axis of rotation. An acceleration is caused by a force, which is called a centripetal force that is also constant and directed towards the center of the circle. ω specifies angular velocity, which is the angular speed of an object and the axis of which the object is rotating on. Angular velocity varied between the tables
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Harvard.

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