Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2873C)

Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.

Hooke's Law

Lab Summary

Use a force sensor to observe the relationship between the extension of a spring and the resulting force required to extend the spring.

Theory

This experiment identifies the relationship between the extension of a spring and the resulting force required to extend the spring, also known as Hooke's Law.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Measuring and recording the extension on a spring and the force applied to extend the spring.
  • Plotting a graph of Force versus Distance (extension of the spring).
  • Deriving a relationship between force and extension.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Force Sensor

(PS-2104)

Designed to measure both pulling and pushing forces. Uses range from collisions to tug-of-war.

Materials Used:

Spring

Meter stick

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Physics Starter Sensor Bundle

(PS-2923)

A sensor bundle specifically designed to get you started using probeware in your physics lab. Also: perform 26 of the 37 Lab Activities from Physics through Inquiry.

Option 2:

Physics Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2931B)

Contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Physics through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.