# Hooke's Law Lab: F = -kx

GSEs: PS2 (9-11) POC+SAE -5 PS2 (Ext)– 5 Students demonstrate an understanding of energy by…
5aa Identifying, measuring, calculating and analyzing ualitati!e and uantitati!e relations"i#s associated
\$it" energy transfer or energy transformation%
PS3 (9-11) SAE –10 Explain the effects … as … waves interact with matter. PS3 (9-11)–10 Students
demonstrate an understanding of \$a!es by … 10a% in!estigating exam#les of \$a!e #"enomena
Purpose & 'etermine t"e s#ring constants of a fe\$ s#rings% See if #"ysical c"aracteristics of t"e s#ring
may be related to t"e s#ring constant%
a!er"a#s &
( S#rings
String
)aucet (or ot"er "anger)
*ini & mass "anger
+ssorted *asses
,uler
Pro\$e%ure
& +ttac" t"e s#ring to t"e faucet (or crossbar for longer s#rings) \$it" t"e string%
& +ttac" t"e mass "anger to t"e s#ring%
& *easure t"e euilibrium lengt" of t"e s#ring% -"is is from t"e to# of t"e s#ring to t"e bottom of t"e mass
"anger%
& +dd enoug" mass to obser!e a c"ange in dis#lacement% *easure t"e ne\$ dis#lacement, and subtract
from euilibrium to find dis#lacement (x)%
PLE&SE '( )(* (+E,-S*,E*-H *HE SP,.)GS
& ,e#eat t"is ste# until you "a!e ten dis#lacements (x) for eac" s#ring% .ote t"e mass and x for eac"
#oint% /se a positive !alue for x%
& Include a general #"ysical descri#tion of t"e s#ring% .ote any #"ysical c"aracteristics of t"e s#ring
(tig"tly coiled, s"ort, t"ic0, long, s0inny, etc…)
& ,e#eat \$it" a total of four different s#rings%
& 1on!ert your masses to )orces%
& 2ra#" ) !s x% /se t"e slo#e of t"e line to find t"e s#ring constant%
& Include t"e euation and r32 !alue for eac" line on t"e gra#"s%
'a!a
& Include a #"ysical descri#tion of eac" s#ring%
& Include a table \$it" all masses, forces (#ositi!e), and dis#lacements (#ositi!e)%
& Plot ) !s% x, slo#e 4 0 for eac" s#ring
& 2ra#"s s"ould include t"e trend line, euation, and r32 !alue for eac" line%
& State 0 for eac" s#ring (based on t"e euation for t"e line), \$it" units%
E/a#ua!"o0 &
& State 0 for eac" s#ring (\$it" units)%
& 'oes t"e #"ysical a##earance of t"e s#ring seem to relate to 05 If so, state \$"at features mig"t affect
0 and 678%
& State sources of error and "o\$ muc" t"ey affect data%
& State r32 !alue and \$"at it means%
& State degrees of uncertainty in t"e results%
-o0\$#us"o0 &
• State 09s (\$it" units) for eac" s#ring
• State margin of error (r32) and ualify if t"e data seems reliable%
• 'id t"e #"ysical a##earance of t"e s#ring seem to affect t"e s#ring constant5 If so, briefly state "o\$%