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Determining the acceleration due to gravity by using simple pendulum.

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Introduction

INTRODUCTION

My investigation is on determining the acceleration due to gravity by using simple pendulum. Also the G apparatus (freely falling mass) can be used to determine the acceleration due to gravity.

What is acceleration due to gravity?  It is the force or pull of the gravity of the earth according to Newton’s first law a=F/m

Objects accelerate because spacetime moves past them. The surface of the earth accelerates upwards at the rate of about 10 m/s<sup>2</sup> with respect to spacetime.

  We have been told that the acceleration due to gravity of earth is 9.81 m/s² or g= 9.81 m/s², however, due to myriad of factors, g in one place differs slightly to other, as u increase the altitude the g decreases.

PLAN

My plan for this investigation is to perform various experiment the determine acceleration due to gravity such as the pendulum, free falling object which is the g apparatus and also by

AIM

 The aim of this investigation is to measure the earth’s gravitational field strength, which is also the acceleration due to gravity. This involves mass, which is the amount of matter an object contains and weight, which is the force of gravity pulling down on an object with a mass. Mass is measured in Kg (kilograms) and weight is measured in Newton’s. Gravity is the weakest of the four fundamental forces, yet it is the dominant force in the universe for shaping the large-scale structure of galaxies, stars. Etc. the earth’s gravitational strength is calculated by weight (N) / mass (Kg) as stated above a =F/m therefore the earths gravitational field strength (g)

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Middle

25.20

1.26

1.59

0.50

28.35

1.42

2.01

0.60

30.90

1.55

2.39

0.70

33.50

1.68

2.81

0.80

35.85

1.79

3.21

0.90

37.80

1.89

3.57

1.00

39.90

2.00

3.98

GRAPH OF LENGTH AGAINTS T2

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As can be seen the points plot into a straight line. A line of best fit was added to the chart as shown. The line can be sent to go through the origin as expected, it there is a tiny pendulum, it will have a tiny period and if there is an infinitely small pendulum, an infinitely small period. The gradient was calculated to be ¼ and this was inserted into the above equation to result in g=22π2¼. This equates to g=π2. As this is 9.8696 the experiment was remarkably accurate. The units of acceleration are ms-2 which agrees with the value above. It should be observed that the graph of length over time2 was plotted. The constants π and 2 have no units so have no effect

ESTIMATION OF UNCERTAINTIES.

 Uncertainties while measuring the time period T, Systematic errors are introduced if my stopwatch is systematically off by a certain amount, and by delays due to my eye-hand reaction time. The stopwatch systematic uncertainty should be listed by the manufacturer of the instrument, whereas the eye-hand uncertainty has to be estimated by myself, e.g. by measurement against a known time interval. The statistical uncertainty on T comes from the fact that my eye-hand reaction time varies from one trial to the next; it fluctuates (around the systematic value). This statistical uncertainty can be reduced by making many individual (i.e. independent) measurements and averaging; the systematic uncertainty then decreases with the square root of the number of measurements: making 10 measurements will reduce the statistical uncertainty by a factor of about (10) = 3.2

Errors

Actions taken to reduce the errors.

-Line eye up with fixed object for timing accuracy.

-Accurate stop clock (decimal seconds).

-Averaging two readings to remove human error

-Averaging twenty readings to improve accuracy b        Y factor of 20

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Conclusion

CONCLUSION

 Overall the free falling object method was a fair and simple experiment to determine the acceleration due to gravity. From the results my acceleration due to gravity is about 9.8054 ms-2. According to the books the value of g is 9.81ms-2 that gives a difference of about 0.0046, to calculate the percentage error it comes to about 0.046%, which states clearly my experiment, is almost as accurate it can be. Therefore I conclude that my experiment to determine the acceleration due to gravity was successful and I have achieved my aim for this experiment.

EVALUATION

 My experiment of the free falling object method to determine the acceleration due to gravity was very simple and straightforward. To improve my experiment I could have repeated this experiment several times then I could get more accurate results, which could have taken more time out of my schedules. So time was one of the limiting factors. To improve my experiment even further I could have used modern instruments to improve and get more accurate results and also I could have used other falling object with different masses to see how the value of g varies according to their masses. I could have also used different lengths between the release mechanism and the receiver pad but measuring the distance greater than 1m was a problem because I used meter rulers to measure my lengths of the experiment this was another limiting factor that I had to overcome by taking lengths less and equal to 1m.

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