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Using your measurements of the mass and spring

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Period

You made some measurements of the time required
for a mass hanging from a spring to oscillate 20 times.

- Compute the period for each trial
- Compute the average period

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Angular frequency

The period **P** of an oscillating object
is related to the angular frequency **ω**
via

- Compute the angular frequency based on your measurements
- What are the units?

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Spring constant

The angular frequency, in turn, is related to the mass
of the object **m** and the force constant **k**
of the spring:

- Re-arrange this formula so that the spring constant
is by itself on the left-hand side,
and everything else on the right-hand side.
- Compute the spring constant
based on your measurements

*If you have time *
compare your spring constant to the values derived
by other groups.

- Are your values the same?
- Should they be the same?
- How precise is each measurement?
- How many digits should you write

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