Physics Lab 2 - Sean Larson ID 21792768 Physics/4/07...

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Sean Larson ID# 21792768 Physics Section 12 10/4/07 Experiment 2: A Measurement of Acceleration Due to Gravity Introduction : The main purpose of the experiment is to measure the acceleration of an object due to gravity, which can be done by using a free fall unit. There are different equations that are going to be used during this experiment, and they consist of Force= Mass * Acceleration, Velocity= Δ Distance / Δ Time, and Slope= Δ Velocity / Δ Time. Acceleration is normally represented by the letter g. There are two types of mass, the first is the amount of matter a particular body contains, the other mass is known as gravitational mass, which is the gravitational force between two bodies. Procedure : To collect the data that is going to be used, a free fall unit must be used. This free fall unit consists of a spark timer, circuit, electromagnet, spark-tape, and the front and back wire. The spark-tape is placed between two wires. Then the electromagnet is turned on, which holds the iron weight that is going to be used in place using magnetism.
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