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Pendulum - Simple Harmonic Motion

PHY 200 & 230

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Based on Loyd #19. The purpose of this experiment is to utilize the properties of pendulum oscillation to verify constants such as gravity. In this experiment, students will determine how the period of a pendulum is dependent only on the length of the pendulum and not the mass of the object.


Name Location Quantity
Weight Hangers, 100g JE-105A-D42, D43, D45 1 per table
Timer, - MyChron, Battery JE-105A-D62 1 per table
1 per table
Pendulum Bobs (Balls) JE-105A-D92 1 per table
Meter Stick - 2.00m JE-105A-(105 Door-L) 1 per table
Clamp, Pendulum JE-105A-D65 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 the room has plenty of paper.

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