1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data As the captain of the scientific team sent to Planet Physics, one of your tasks is to measure g. You have a long, thin wire labeled 1.80 g/m and a 1.30 kg weight. You have your accurate space cadet chronometer but, unfortunately, you seem to have forgotten a meter stick. Undeterred, you first find the midpoint of the wire by folding it in half. You then attach one end of the wire to the wall of your laboratory, stretch it horizontally to pass over a pulley at the midpoint of the wire, then tie the 1.30 kg weight to the end hanging over the pulley. By vibrating the wire, and measuring time with your chronometer, you find that the wire's second harmonic frequency is 100 Hz . Next, with the 1.30 kg weight still tied to one end of the wire, you attach the other end to the ceiling to make a pendulum. You find that the pendulum requires 314 s to complete 200 oscillations. Pulling out your trusty calculator, you get to work. What value of g will you report back to headquarters? 2. Relevant equations f_n = n/2L*sqrt(F_t/μ) T = 2π*sqrt(L/g) 3. The attempt at a solution I first took out all relevant information from the problem: μ= 1.8 g/m (0.0018kg/m) m= 1.30kg f_2= 100Hz T= 314s/200 = 1.57s Then I used the first equation I listed to set up the problem: f_2 = 2/2L*sqrt(1.3kg*g/0.0018kg/m) 100Hz = 1/L * sqrt(722.2*g) 100*L = sqrt(722.2*g) 10,000*L^2 = 722.2*g L^2 = 0.07222*g L = sqrt(0.07222g) With this value of L, I then plugged into the second equation: T = 2π*sqrt(L/g) 1.57s = 2π*sqrt(sqrt(0.072222g)/g) 0.062 = sqrt(0.072222g)/g 0.062g = sqrt(0.072222g) 0.0038g^2 = 0.0722g g = 19 m/s^2 However, this value seems be incorrect. I've went over it with a few others and they are not sure what I'm doing wrong. Since the wire is folded in half (with the other half supporting the weight) I thought that perhaps I was wrong in assuming the μ value would be 0.0018 kg and that it would actually be half (0.0009kg/m), but when I repeated my process the answer still turned out to be wrong. Is there something wrong with my arithmetic or problem solving process? I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing wrong. I apologize in advanced if the formatting is a little hard to read.