# Centripetal Motion

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Introduction

Physics HL- Mr. Kalsi 12/15/2008 Stephanie Gina Chan 12BJ

PH07 Centripetal Motion

## Aim:

The aim of this investigation is to determine the relationship between the Hanging Mass and the time for a revolution, when an object is at uniform circular motion. Hence, to find the relationship between T2 and 1/mh

## Raw Data Table:

Mh (g)ΔMh=±0.01m | Time for 10 revolutions(s) ΔT=±0.01s | ||||

Trial 1 | Trial 2 | Trial 3 | Trial 4 | Trial 5 | |

51.07 | 7.34 | 7.46 | 7.41 | 7.48 | 7.43 |

61.45 | 7.00 | 7.00 | 7.12 | 6.83 | 6.87 |

71.79 | 6.50 | 6.45 | 6.70 | 6.37 | 6.63 |

82.31 | 5.99 | 6.22 | 5.98 | 5.95 | 6.01 |

92.93 | 5.63 | 5.74 | 5.77 | 5.52 | 5.63 |

103.65 | 5.50 | 5.60 | 5.58 | 5.51 | 5.45 |

114.68 | 5.19 | 5.48 | 5.25 | 5.12 | 5.18 |

The relationship between T2 and can be demonstrated by the equation:

Let be the time for one revolution squared (s), g be acceleration due to gravity (ms-1), l be distance between centre of circle (cm),

Middle

Then we have to find Tavg2 and to do that we find Tavg first, and the average is divided by 50 because the time is in 10 revolutions and I need find Tavg for 1 revolution:

Tavg= , for example, =0.742s, then

Tavg2= , for example, 2=0.551 s2.

Then lastly to calculate ΔT2:

ΔT2= (T2

= (T (T

= T2xTavg2

Conclusion

Fc = TsinΘ= (mhg-F) sinΘ

Fc =

(mhg-F) sinΘ=

(mhg-F) sinΘ=

(mhg-F) sinΘ=

T2=

As we can see all other variables remain constant except that the denominator is changed with the subtraction of F, and that causes the experimental value to increase, which proves that there is error because the slope of experimental value is greater than the slope of theoretical value.

Secondly the mass of the string will affect the experiment because it adds on more mass to the system.

Improvements:

For friction that occurs between string and tube we should add some lubricants and for the mass of the string that effects the system we should use a thinner and lighter string to minimize the error.

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