Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide
Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.
Use a force sensor and motion sensor to determine the spring constant by measuring the spring extension due to each of three different masses suspended from the spring.
This experiment examines one example of simple harmonic motion. A mass that is suspended from a spring is pulled down, released, and allowed to oscillate. The following will be examined:
Determining the spring constant by measuring the spring extension for each of three different masses suspended from the spring.
The relationship between position and time, velocity and time, and acceleration and time for the moving mass.
The relationship between the period of oscillation T, the spring constant k, and the oscillating mass m.
Students explore simple harmonic motion by:
Assorted masses ~ at least 3
This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.