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Verification of the equation for centripetal force using a whirling bung AIM: The aim of this experiment is to verify the equation for centripetal force using a whirling bung YOU WILL NEED: WHAT TO DO: Tie a piece of string (length about 1 m) to a rubber bung and then thread it through a short length (10 cm) of glass tube. Fix a small weight (such as a few washers with a mass a little greater than the mass of the bung) to the lower end of the string. Whirl the bung round in a horizontal circle (radius approximately 80 cm) while holding the glass tube so that the radius of the bung’s orbit is constant. (A mark on the string will help you see if the radius of the orbit remains the same).
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Unformatted text preview: Measure the mass of the bung (M), the total mass of the washers (m), the radius of the orbit (R) and the time for ten orbits (10 × T). ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION : Calculate the period of the orbit (T), the velocity of the bung in the orbit (v = 2 π R/T) and then work out the centripetal force (F). Compare this value with the weight of the washers. (The centripetal force should be equal to the weight of the washers. This will only be the case if the system is frictionless.) Repeat the experiment with different numbers of washers. Plot a graph of m against v 2 . R...
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course PHYSICS 2b taught by Professor Valdes during the Spring '11 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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