The goal of this experiment is to predict the time it takes a large metal ring to swing back and forth.
You will have a set of 2 small- and medium-sized rings, as well as basic lab equipment: a ruler, meterstick, stopwatch, bars and clamps. You may combine your measurements with those of other groups to create a larger dataset.
Can you use the small rings to make measurements from which you might figure out the behavior of the large ring? That's your job. At the end of the class period, I'll swing one of the large rings and we'll all measure its period. The students whose estimate is closest will be recognized for their work.
As you work through this experiment, consider the following:
Each group must hand in (stapled together, with names)
This experiment brings up some topics that we will address over and over again throughout this quarter:
We might also learn something useful about logarithms ...
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