I'm currently having a bit of trouble figuring out how to most effectively execute my experiment. It's somewhat practical; I need to find how the masses placed on the end of a vibrating ruler will affect its oscillation.
I know that the ruler is a standard 12 inch (30.5 cm) ruler, with 20 centimeters hanging off the edge of a desk, and that I have several weights for my use (weights range from 5g-50g)
I have no idea.
The Attempt at a Solution
My idea was to simply tape the weights to the end of the ruler using lightweight scotch tape, and bending the ruler down approximately 1-2 inches from its equilibrium position, and timing how long it takes for the ruler to reach its equilibrium position at 4 or 5 different weights. Is this the most accurate way to determine how weights affects time of oscillation?