Friday, January 30, 2015

Meter stick challenge

In class we were given a challenge to find the mass of a meter stick by only using a 100 gram weight. The answer was torque. When balanced the meter stick has the same torque pushing counterclockwise as clockwise. The formula for torque is Torque=Force*Lever Arm. The lever arm of the system is the distance from the weight to the base of support that the meter stick was being balanced on, in this case 28 cm. With the force and the lever we were able to find the torque which was 27.53 Ncm. We knew that the torques of each side are equal so we placed the torque of the non-weighted side equal to 27.53 and found the lever arm to be 21.9 cm. With the torque and the lever arm we calculated the force and converted it to a mass. The mathematical mass we found was 128.31 grams and when weighed on a scale the mass was found to be 119.4 grams. We were off because our calculations were for the lever arms were rounded and possibly incorrectly measured. The process works as we were only about 10 grams away from the true mass.

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