You can't calculate the slope the same way for force vs. displacement. Remember, [tex]F = kx[/tex], so when you graph that equation you are going to end up with a line anyways. What do you notice about the slope?
The instructions say that the slope of the graph force vs displacement which i got a slope of 34.6 N/m and when i did the slope calculation of the oscillation graph i got -4.5 for the slope where i imputed in the formula
You swapped X and Y on the first graph. You change force and measure displacement.
I'm not quite sure how you ended up with a negative slope, there should be a strong positive correlation between mass and period squared. Besides, the spring constant can't be negative. Can you list some data points?
Ok the first graph seems fine but I can't understand why there's a negative slope on the second one. Can you make sure you're using periods and not frequencies? That's the only thing I can think of that would decrease like that.
Ah, that's it. An oscillation divided by time is a frequency. You want to use the reciprocal of that (period). I did that for the excel chart I made of your data and got both measurements of k almost identical.
Or just divide the values you already have by one since you already squared them. If you don't understand why, frequency is how many oscillations, revolutions, etc. the object makes per second, thus having the unit of hertz. Period is how many seconds it takes the object to make one revolution.
The frequency of the earth is 1/24 hours = 0.04 per hour (meaning that it makes 1/24 of a rotation per hour) and its period is 24 hours (meaning that it takes 24 hours to make one revolution.
Your a life saver, i have been around for so long that i was getting mad lol I just have 1 more question i had to calculate the energy stored in one of the spring, the units of the energy stored is in Joules correct?