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Mass on a Spring-Force Constant/Periodic Simple Harmonic Motion

PHY 200 & 230

Lab PDF 1
Lab PDF 2

Consult with instructor for choice of multiple PDF handouts, including Loyd #20, and also for optional automatic data acquisition with motion detector and LoggerPro software. In this experiment, the students will both directly and indirectly determine the spring constant k of a spring and compare the two values. They will also determine that the amplitude of the spring is independent of the period of the spring.


Name Location Quantity
Springs, 12" JE-105A-D52,53 1 per table
Tape, Masking JE-105A-D63 1 per table
Timer, - MyChron, Battery JE-105A-D62 1 per table
Meter Stick - 2.00m JE-105A-(105 Door-L) 1 per table
Laptops JE-107-109 wallsafe 1 per table
Clamp, Pendulum JE-105A-D65 1 per table
Model, Matter - Rectangle Spring JE-113A-DS76-285 1 per room
Weight Hangers, 50g JE-105A-D44 1 per table


This lab requires laptops. The computer cart containing the laptops can be wheeled by faculty into the lab room.

Make sure that there are enough slotted masses in the back of the room for all students. Make sure that the room has plenty of paper.

Note: Springs with some clearance between the coils should be used. Springs which are too

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