3.Attach a string to the side of the mass facing the pulley and place it over the pulley.Attach a mass hanger to the other end of the string.4.Place hanging masses onto the mass hanger until the spring is stretched enough that themass, M, touches the vertical post.
The spring force (and therefore the centripetal force) is then the total mass added to themass hanger times the acceleration due to gravity, i.e.: F
Ensure the mass attached to post A is screwed on tight; otherwise it will fly off whenspinning.
Spinning Ball Description
The use of a simple apparatus demonstrates one aspect of Newton’s first law of motion: Anobject in motion will continue with the same speed and direction unless acted on by someexternal force.
Possible Incorporated Topics
centripetal motion and forces