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It's Simple. PocketLab and Harmonic Motion Just Go Together

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Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 04/25/2019 - 22:50

Soup on a rampSHM SpringCoupled Pendulums

PocketLab Voyager and PocketLab One are great tools for investigating simple harmonic motion. Check out just a few of the many examples below. 

PocketLab plus a spring equals harmonic motion fun

Adding a mass and a PocketLab to the bottom of a spring opens up a number of possible investigations into harmonic motion. From a more basic lab on the properties of mechanical waves to a complex study on torsional harmonic oscillation, there's something for everyone. 

Use wooden dowels or meter sticks for simple pendulum motion

Pendulums

Adding a mass and a PocketLab to the bottom of a spring opens up a number of possible investigations into harmonic motion. From a more basic lab on the properties of mechanical waves to a complex study on torsional harmonic oscillation, there's something for everyone. 

Cranberry sauce, for simple harmonic motion? Why not? 
Can of soup for simple harmonic motion

Place a PocketLab Voyager or PocketLab One on anything that rolls (like a can of cranberry sauce) and use the VelocityLab app to measure its position, velocity, and acceleration as it rolls. 

Add a curved ramp and you have yet another way to investigate simple harmonic motion.
 

Pendulums of all shapes for investigating moment of inertia

Pendulums of different shapes

Once you're finished with harmonic motion, step up your pendulum game with these two creative lessons using oddly shaped pendulums to study moment of inertia (Lesson 1 andLesson 2). By placing a magnet on the bottom of each pendulum, PocketLab's magnetometer can measure its period opening up all kinds of data analysis. 

 

PocketLab and Harmonic Motion