be somewhat stretched even at its highest position because then the energy stored in the stretchedstring may make up for the lost energy to friction (air resistance) that is not accounted for.3. In order to make errors less significant, the experiment could be done in a way that the spring would oscillate along a straight path as to not lose a significant amount of energy to air resistance. This could be done along a frictionless track, or the friction could first be calculated and then later accounted for.4. They are so drastically different due to the fact that two different procedures are used and human error could have been high.5. The fitting on each graph follows a straight line because the spring constants are directly proportional to the length of the measured object. The data verifies equations oneand two.6. CONCLUSIONIn doing this lab, we learned how to solve for the spring constant k and how to measure the period T on the simple pendulum using Hooke’s Law and the given equations. There was minimal human error but this could not be avoided.
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