The Circular Motion Lab software simulates an object in circular motion. Students can change the mass, radius, and force, and measure the period using the on-screen stop watch.
The objectives are to determine the relationships between the period and the force, mass, and radius.
The files will be downloaded as a Zip file. Unzip the files and run the executive (.exe) file CircularMotionLab.exe to start the software.
Requirements: PC and Windows XP or later
This file: InstructorsNotes.doc
Lab Handout: CircularMotionLab.doc and PDF
Lab Key: CircularMotionLab_Key.doc and PDF
There is an initial simulation where changes to the mass, radius, and force variables can be seen in real time gives students a chance to investigate how the variables relate to one another. They are then asked to answer a series of questions about these relationships.
The following variables, with their units, will be used in this experiment. The period will always be the y or measured variable. The force, mass, and radius will be the set or x variables. Essentially, you will be running three experiments, T versus Fc, T versus m, and T versus R. Screen shots of the main lab and help are shown below.
A sample answer key for the lab is provided with data, graphs, and answers to the questions.
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