Physics 120/130

Centripetal Force

I. Introduction

In this lab you will investigate the motion of an object undergoing a centripetal acceleration caused by a centripetal force. We will use the apparatus pictured below. The following terms will be used to refer to the apparatus: (A) crossarm, (B) counterbalance, (C) mass, (D) indicator rod, (E) pulley, (F) vertical shaft, and (G) spring.