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Homework Help: Alarm Clock (Finding the Constant)

  1. Jan 10, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    This is for my personal experiment for the school. I have been thinking of doing an experiment with my alarm clock. This alarm clock is one of thoes ordinary ones where you have to rotate the spring? and it rotates the gear so the medal rod at the tops moves left and right at a very fast rate hitting the metals hence making a loud sound.

    My question is How would you find a constant using this watch?

    2. Relevant equations

    Never done any physics with alarm clock and not sure how it works

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My intential goal was to find the number of times i rotate the back spring and comparing with the total time the alarm bell rings or the number of time it moves left and right.

    Will i be able to find the constant of the spring? and btw is this even possible?
    or are there any other constants that i should be finding out that are relatively easier to find out. and what equation will i be using to find this ?
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