3A20.30 - Simple Harmonic Motion - Air Track & Hoop Springs

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Simple Harmonic Motion - Air Track & Hoop Springs
Simple Harmonic Motion
Area of Study:
Air track, Cars and Matched set of springs, Timing gates and counter if desired, Spark tape and Spark Generator.

Set up is as indicated plus a variety of easy variations. Practice will be needed for the air track. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Film should also be on hand for this topic.  

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