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1. Homework Statement
Okay so, we weren't given much of a question other than "Prove the Earth's GFS is 9.81 N/KG"
So what I'm asking is, with the data that I have collected, is how I go about doing this?
As it stand we set up an experiment with the ticker tape machine, rolled the little buggy thing (technical I know =/) down the 2.43 Meter board at an initial height of 13.4 Cm.
The ticker timer we had ran at 50 Hz, so that equals to 50 dots per second if I was informed right. Meaning that to work out each 0.1 of a second, I would have to measure the space between every 5 dots. So this is what I did and as shown in the attached results, the first displacement column is from the last section of 5 dots and the column after is the total displacement from the start to the end of the board. (I have NO idea as to why the total displacement does not match the length of the board, there's one for the write up). I believe the cart we rolled down the slope was 300g.
2. Homework Equations
Right so here's where I manage to get lost, I was given two equations but I don't know WHAT they mean, or HOW to get the data I need for them. So I Guess this is where I need the guidance really.
1)mgSinθf=ma
2)gSinθf/m=a
I then found out a few more from other class members but we can't agree on which to use where or indeed why.
1)Driving force  friction = mass x acceleration
2)Driving force  friction = mass x gravity sinθ  friction
3)Ma  Mg Sinθ  friction
3. The Attempt at a Solution
As yet, I don't know where to begin, but I have an idea of working out the angle at which the slope was at so I can replace the Sinθ with an actual value so add some form of logic to the equations. Besides this I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to be doing.
I apologise for any information missing or anything which is unclear, if you find something that is missing otherwise confusing please post and I'll happily add the information up there. I have another 13 sets of results to complete after this one, so if I could gain some idea as to HOW to analyse them properly and how to work them out, I'd be grateful.
Thanks in advance.
Okay so, we weren't given much of a question other than "Prove the Earth's GFS is 9.81 N/KG"
So what I'm asking is, with the data that I have collected, is how I go about doing this?
As it stand we set up an experiment with the ticker tape machine, rolled the little buggy thing (technical I know =/) down the 2.43 Meter board at an initial height of 13.4 Cm.
The ticker timer we had ran at 50 Hz, so that equals to 50 dots per second if I was informed right. Meaning that to work out each 0.1 of a second, I would have to measure the space between every 5 dots. So this is what I did and as shown in the attached results, the first displacement column is from the last section of 5 dots and the column after is the total displacement from the start to the end of the board. (I have NO idea as to why the total displacement does not match the length of the board, there's one for the write up). I believe the cart we rolled down the slope was 300g.
2. Homework Equations
Right so here's where I manage to get lost, I was given two equations but I don't know WHAT they mean, or HOW to get the data I need for them. So I Guess this is where I need the guidance really.
1)mgSinθf=ma
2)gSinθf/m=a
I then found out a few more from other class members but we can't agree on which to use where or indeed why.
1)Driving force  friction = mass x acceleration
2)Driving force  friction = mass x gravity sinθ  friction
3)Ma  Mg Sinθ  friction
3. The Attempt at a Solution
As yet, I don't know where to begin, but I have an idea of working out the angle at which the slope was at so I can replace the Sinθ with an actual value so add some form of logic to the equations. Besides this I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to be doing.
I apologise for any information missing or anything which is unclear, if you find something that is missing otherwise confusing please post and I'll happily add the information up there. I have another 13 sets of results to complete after this one, so if I could gain some idea as to HOW to analyse them properly and how to work them out, I'd be grateful.
Thanks in advance.
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