The students should verify the declaration of Hooke's Law, i.e.
the proportionality of force and extension within the elasticity
range of an elastic body, with measurements on 2 helical springs
having different spring constants. These springs will be weighed
down with mass pieces, whose weight (force) causes a
The students should be familiar with the connection between
masses and weight (force) from Experiment ME 2.3. As an
approximation, Fg∕m should be
considered equal to 0.01 N∕g.
In a supplementary problem the spring constants should be
determined from the graph and these results should be compared with
the nominal values for the springs.
The term "(slotted) weight" is incorrect inasmuch as we are
dealing with a mass which becomes a weight (in reality "a
weight-force") under the influence of the earth's gravity. The term
"mass piece" used here is better.
- Real stand material for an esecially stable and safe setup
- Student-suitable experiment descriptions with reports available