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Project PHYSNETPhysics Bldg.Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI
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MISN-0-100
THE CAVENDISH EXPERIMENT
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THE CAVENDISH EXPERIMENTbyP.Signell and V.Ross
1. Introduction
.............................................. 1
2. Historical Overview
a. Introduction .............................................1b. Newtons Law of Gravitation ............................1c. Newton Could Not Determine
G
.........................2d. Cavendish Makes the First Measurement of
G
........... 2
3. The Cavendish Experiment
a. Description of the Cavendish Apparatus .................3b. Gravitational Attraction Balanced by Restoring Torque ..4c. Determining the Restoring Force .........................4d. Examination of Cavendish Data .........................5e. The Modern Student Cavendish Balance .................6
Acknowledgments
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ID Sheet: MISN-0-100
Title:
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
Input Skills
: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)
:1. I.Freeman,
Physics—Principles and Insights
, McGraw-Hill(1968). For availability, see this module’s
Local Guide
.
Post-Options
: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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