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It was an experiment we did at school. We placed a tape through a vibrator that leaves a black dot on a tape for every 1/100 s. We dropped the tape and registered many dots. We have narrowed the experiment down to 10 dots. So we chose a dot, and registered the length between the dot before it, and after it to calculate the velocity at that dot. We did this to a dot 10 dots further down to find the velocity at that dot, so we could use the difference in distance / difference in time. This is our measurements:

L_A = 0.036 m

L_B = 0.044 m

We "know" the time it takes for the vibrator to leave 10 dots is 10*1/100= 1/10=0.1, therefore the distance between the three dots is 0.02s. We get

(0.044/0.02)-(0.036/0.02) = 0.4

0.4/0.1= 4m/s^2 = g.

Thats very wrong!

Any suggestions?

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