Here are experiments our science specialists have selected to support the IB* topic.
Experiment #15 from Physics with Vernier
- Measure the position and velocity as a function of time for an oscillating mass and spring system.
- Determine the amplitude, period, and phase constant of the observed simple harmonic motion.
- Compare the observed motion of a mass and spring system to a mathematical model of simple harmonic motion.
Experiment #17 from Physics with Vernier
- Examine the energies involved in simple harmonic motion.
- Test the principle of conservation of energy.
Experiment #17 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Mechanics
In this experiment, you will
- Collect angle vs. time data for a simple pendulum.
- Determine the best-fit equation for the angle vs. time graph.
- From an analysis of the forces acting on the pendulum bob, derive the equation describing the motion of the pendulum.
- Relate the parameters in the best-fit equation for the angle vs. time graph to their physical counterparts in the system.
- Determine the period of oscillation from an analysis of the angle vs. time graph.
- Account for the deviation from constant periods when the amplitude becomes large.