Al Tobias (wat4y) - Office: Gibson S123 & Physics 218, (434) 924-0538
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Damped Mass on Spring
Purpose:To demonstrate various modes of damped harmonic oscillations.
Procedure:Set up the damped oscillations setup consisting of a weight on spring inside a Plexiglas tube and a set of rubber stoppers with various diameter holes in them. Demonstrate the harmonic oscillations without damping by pulling the weight by the string. Next plug the various rubber stops on the bottom of the tube to increase the air resistance in the tube and demonstrate various damping modes. The over damped oscillations (exponential decay) can be achieved by plugging a solid rubber stopper and exciting the oscillations from the top of the spring.