Advanced Placement / Physics

Periodic Motion: Mass And Spring

In this lab, students will use a motion sensor to determine the physical properties that affect the period of oscillation of a hanging mass and spring system. Then, students will use their data to support a mathematical model relating period, mass, and spring constant.


Student Files

12_Periodic_Motion_Mass_and_Spring_013-14566A-CS.cap 18.17 KB
12_AP1_Periodic_Motion_Mass_and_Spring_S.docx 523.55 KB
12_AP1_Periodic_Motion_Mass_and_Spring_S.pdf 806.84 KB
12_Periodic_Motion_Mass_and_Spring_013-14566A-SV.spk2 16.08 KB

Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
4.1; 9.1 3.B.3.1; 2; 3; 4

Featured Equipment

Motion Sensor

Wireless Motion Sensor

The Wireless Motion Sensor uses ultrasound to measure the position, velocity, and acceleration of objects.

Mass and Hanger Set

Mass and Hanger Set

The Mass and Hanger Set includes 4 hangers and 27 weights that range from 0.5 g to 100 g.

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Source: Lab #12

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 1

Periodic Motion: Mass And Spring