Physics I Laboratory
Experiment: Natural Oscillations with a Spring
Due date: Friday 10/30/20 (submission on Laulima as pdf)
Instructions: Please adhere to the guidelines in the syllabus to prepare your solution. You must
show all calculations clearly. If you don't, you will not receive credit.
(4pts total, 2pt each)
By using Eq. 12.4-12.5 of the lab manual, find the frequency of the spring if x=Asin(2
2pi / 2pi = 1
What is simple harmonic motion?
The oscillation of a mass on a spring
(5pts total, 1pt each)
If you plot the weight of the hanging mass mg vs the displacement x, what is the value of
your slope? Hint: use Eq. 12.2
g / k
In the static experiment, what is the dependent variable? (i.e., what was measured)
X, distance away from equilibrium
In the dynamic experiment, what is the dependent variable? (i.e., what was measured)
What is the mass of the hanger at the end of the spring?
List the mass values m used in both experiments (4 total).
Both are 0.1kg, 0.2kg, 0.3kg, 0.4 kg
(24pts total, 1pt each except as specified)
Fill in the following data tables:
(4pts) Static Experiment
(6pts) Dynamic Experiment: