EQUATIONS OF SCIENCE
LESSON 5. Hooke’s Law
PROBLEM: How can we collect data that we can see if there is a relationship?
MATERIALS: spring scale (newtons), ruler, varies weights
PROCEDURE: Hang a spring scale on an appropriate apparatus. Make sure it is free from touching other surfaces. Start hanging weights as shown in the diagram A. With each successive weight measure the difference of the “stretch” and record that information in the data chart.
After you collect the data make a line graph with the x coordinate referring to the distance moved and the y coordinate being the amount of weight. When you graph it, the data points should be a straight line and that is the spring constant for that spring.