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When trying to find out a spring constant, should the platforms mass be included in the calculations if the scale has been zeroed out by the weight of the platform?
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When trying to find out a spring constant, should the platforms mass be included in the calculations if the scale has been zeroed out by the weight of the platform?
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
dw:1348234155317:dw
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
my gut says no as well; but my physics teacher said that we have to.
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mathsloverBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Yes same here... since : when you have already taken the mass including that of the platform mass as 0 , then we should not include the mass of the platform again.
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RaphaelFilgueirasBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
the new deformation is caused only by new mass
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
dw:1348234340830:dw he "asked the math major" will the first point be at the origin. To which I stated, "hopefully".
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RaphaelFilgueirasBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
you will read only \[\Delta x\]
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mathsloverBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
@RaphaelFilgueiras is right (acc. to me)
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Algebraic!Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
so he wants you to find the slope of a line but he insists the y intercept matters...
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Algebraic!Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
humor him I guess...
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
the slope of the linear approximation is the spring constant. And that slope is not dependant on where you begin so long as the data points are in the proper relation
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
i humored him .... i figure its best not to disrupt the delicate balance of the non math students of the class :)
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
if the platform totally stretches out the spring, that might be a concern ... but wouldnt you just use a different platform?
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Algebraic!Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I guess he's technically right, since you could get into a region where the spring is nonlinear ... but for practical purposes, kind of pointless extra busy work...
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Algebraic!Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
pointless extra superfluous* busy work
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
lol, sounds alot like number theory class this term too; alot of busy work to learn how to divide
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Algebraic!Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
heh. busy work is a global constant.
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
ive got another gripe that I will post anew ;)
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