Part 1 (static method): We measured the displacement of a spring (in cm) after adding and subtracting masses (in g). The spring was placed in a vertical position. I am supposed to find the spring constant ks.
Part 2 (dynamic method): We did something similar to the above, but we lifted the spring a bit so it would bounce. We then counted the number of oscillations of the spring for 20 seconds each time we changed the masses put on the spring. I am then supposed to find kd.
Hooke's law: F = kx
units of k = N/m (kg/s2)
ks = Sg
The Attempt at a Solution
I created a graph and found S + ΔS = 25.3 ± 0.10 g/cm
However, it's the equation ks = Sg that's messing me up. My instructions don't tell me what I'm supposed to do with g. I have no idea why it's stuck in there. According to this equation, ks ± Δks = 25.3 ± 0.10 g2/cm, but that doesn't seem to make any sense. How am I supposed to end up with the units of kg/s2 when I won't have any of those units until part 2? And if these are not the units I'm supposed to use, how do I know if I do have the correct units?