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Graphical analysis of the motion of a ball attached to a post by a string-spring combination.

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Introductory: P3, P13, P15

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Number of set-ups available: 20

Per lab station:

1 balance
1 vernier caliper
1 2 meter meterstick
8 50 g hooked masses
1 string-spring-ball system
sample data
1 roll of masking tape
10 X 10 grid paper
1 roll of scotch tape
12 lead bricks
2 Apple II+ data aquisition system containing:

1 Apple II+ computer
2 monitors
1 video camera
1 imagewriter printer/paper
2 AppleStrobe software disks

1 large black box on wheels
1 large white calibration disk
3 True Basic Reference Manual
3 True Basic User's Manual

Charges apparatus

Circuit Diagram

circuit diagram


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