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**Determining the mass of a holder through a "Period Squared vs. Mass Added" graph?**

This question is for Physics Lab.

The second part of the lab dealt with simple harmonic motion. We weighed a mass holder with spring attached using a pan balance. We then added .2 kg and increased the weight to this spring and used a smart timer to time the period.

Apparently, I'm supposed to be able to confirm the mass of the holder and spring by using the graph of "Period Squared vs. Mass Added."

Why would the y-intercept give the mass of the holder? That doesn't make sense to me.

I'm supposed to perform a sample calculation using the equation [tex]T^2 = (4\pi^2/k)(m_{added} + m_{holder})[/tex]. However, if I calculate the period using the equation [tex]T = 2\pi\sqrt(M/k)[/tex], the answer is not at all similar to what I measured. If I use the value of period squared based on the experiment, then I get a negative answer.