Oscillation Lab Report

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Oscillation Lab Report Connor Harris Physics 181 Lecture 1 Hector Sosa

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I. Abstract- Oscillation can be found while using both pendulums and springs . Throughout our experiments we were able to determine what exactly effects the period of a pendulum, as well as delve further into the theory behind Hooke’s Law and simple harmonic motion in regards to the use of springs . II. Introduction- Oscillations play a tremendous role in physics as a whole . Although springs are often overlooked they are everywhere around us . Springs can be found in seats, beds, trampolines, cars, buildings, and even bridges . Likewise, by understanding pendulums we comprehend how metronomes and other measuring devices work . To determine the basics behind how each type of oscillation works we must have a grasp on the formulas that go with each respectively . Springs Springs are most commonly used to slow the impact of a collision . Although some things do not appear to be springs everything around us is one . When setting an object on a table, although the table does not appear to be a spring, it still acts as one . Each spring has both an elastic limit and a spring constant . An elastic limit refers to the maximum amount you can stress a spring before it loses its form permanently . The spring constant “k” of an object tells us how elastic it is, or how easily it can be stretched or compressed . Pendulums Going into our experiment with pendulums, we were oblivious to the factors of which effect the swinging of a pendulum . In order to fully understand how pendulums work, we had to determine which of these factors were involved, if any, and how they affected the harmonic motion . Negating air resistance and
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