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Hooke's Law and Elastic Potential Energy

As the spring cart launcher is loaded, a force sensor and a motion sensor are used to measure the spring constant and the amount of potential energy stored in the compressed spring. Then cart is launched and its final kinetic energy is measured and compared to the stored energy in the spring.

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31_Hooke_s_Law_and_Elastic_Potential_Energy_w_Data.cap 3.95 MB
31_Hooke_s_Law_and_Elastic_Potential_Energy.cap 3.58 MB
31_Hooke_s_Law_and_Elastic_Potential_Energy.docx 3.72 MB
31_Cart_Launcher.jpg 116.92 KB
31_inset.jpg 74.51 KB
31_Elastic_Energy.jpg 202.32 KB
31_Pin.jpg 98.57 KB
31_Spring_Compressed.jpg 123.39 KB
31_Hookes_Law_and_Elastic_Potential_Energy.pdf 200.43 KB
31_Motion_Sensor.png 1.22 MB
31_Spring_Constant.png 1.86 MB
Source: Lab #31

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Hooke's Law and Elastic Potential Energy