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CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION (E106)

The experiment is entitled as Uniform Circular Motion. From the words itself, it has something to do with motion again but this time in a different path in which the word circular is being referred to. Uniform circular motion describes the motion of a body traversing a circular path at constant speed. The uniform circular motion laboratory experiment made us quantify the centripetal force on the body when one of the parameters is held constant. In the first part, when the mass of rotating body is constant and the radius of rotation increases, the centripetal force would also increase. Likewise in the second part, when the radius of rotation is constant and the mass of rotating body is decreasing, the centripetal force will increase. This laboratory experiment also made us understand why the rotating body is in horizontal orientation at 0 , because if it was set up in a horizontal position with slight inclination, the speed of the object moving in the path will have an inconsistent speed. There will be a time that the object is increasing in speed and there will also be a moment that it will decelerate. The free body diagram will be different in various places and will be the same in other places because the angle between the weight and the tension will change every time. The percentage varied upon when the timer is set at the same time as the moving of the rotational platform. It really made a various change which cannot be 100% accurate at all times. It will make a little percentage error in the data because of it. We further managed that the amount of time as the platform rotates is proportional to its centripetal acceleration. So either way possible, we can compute for the centripetal acceleration without actually performing the experiment ourselves. As the result, we therefore have a conclusion from the experiment that a certain object travelling in a circle path would have a constant speed but not velocity. This changing velocity denotes the presence of acceleration. The acceleration is called the centripetal acceleration which of constant magnitude and is directed at all times towards the axis of rotation. In simple words, the foundation of concept behind the Uniform Circular Motion. For those fellow students who are to take up PHY10L for the upcoming terms, we, group 3A/A2 under Prof. Ryan Cabrera recommends you all to do the following: (a) Consider at least 2 ft. of your body away from the rotating body as you rotate it gently. (b) The spring is very sensitive so do not touch the spring with the indicator attached to it or it will be detached and someone might get injured. (c) Attached in the weight is an index card with certain values of the weight of the mass in it. Be diligent in adding those masses to your computations. (d) In doing part A to part B of the experiment, carefully detach the slotted mass and ask for assistance. (e) Compute for the necessary and honest results and God bless all of you on your journey towards physics laboratories 2, 3, and 4.