ID Sheet: MISN-0-100
The Cavendish Experiment
Author: P.Signell and V.Ross, Dept.of Physics, Mich.State UnivVersion: 2/1/2000 Evaluation: Stage 1Length: 1 hr; 12 pages
:1. Find the torque produced about a shaft by a given force and de-scribe the twisting eﬀect produced by that torque (MISN-0-34) or(MISN-0-416).2. Deﬁne the equilibrium point in simple harmonic motion and ex-plain how it is related to the spatial properties of the restoringforce (MISN-0-25).
Output Skills (Knowledge)
:K1. Describe and sketch the essentials of the Cavendish balance, com-municating clearly how the apparatus works.K2. Describe how the Cavendish experiment can be used to examinethe validity of each of the three variables in Newton’s law of grav-itation.
External Resources (Optional)
Physics—Principles and Insights
, McGraw-Hill(1968). For availability, see this module’s
:1. “Newton’s Law of Gravitation” (MISN-0-101).2. “Derivation of Newton’s Law of Gravitation” (MISN-0-103).3. “The Equivalence Principle: An Introduction to Relativistic Grav-itation” (MISN-0-110).
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