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Use a spring and stop watch to determine the transverse wave speed of the spring.
A long spring, assumed to be ideal, is held in place along the lab bench at one end by one lab partner. Shaking the spring along the lab bench’s surface produces a standing wave at certain frequencies.
Assuming the tension does not change significantly and that the friction is negligible, design and conduct an experiment to determine the transverse wave speed of the spring
Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:
This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.