Posted 18 June 2006 - 02:14 PM
Since I'm such a nice I've uploaded this booklet I came across (can't remember where, sorry) which has a description of lots of possible investigations and should be useful.
(copy and paste into your browser and change "hxxp" to "http" - this is because yousendit closes downloads directly linked from a forum)
Posted 18 June 2006 - 08:00 PM
would it be too hard to try and calculate the speed of light exactly i.e. not just 3x108. Do you think the uni will have the right equipment etc ?
or would that just be plain boring ?
Posted 18 June 2006 - 09:19 PM
I don't know how you would go about calculating the speed of light to be honest, but I think that you would have to come up with a couple of ways of doing it. My physics teacher used to mark the investigations and he says that it's quite important that the thing you investigate gives you the oppurtunity to collect alot of data (I think there's alot of importance in the errors and stuff). One of the ones he gave as an example was determining the graviational field strength through different methods so you could get lots of data, but that would be boring I think.
As for determining the speed of light, I think that would be a really intresting one to do but probably difficult. I guess you could do it by arranging mirrors and stuff but this could be difficult and inaccurate. Another way you could do it would be with interference patterns of light of a known frequency to determine the wavelength and then use this to find the velocity. Hopefully there would be some fancy equipment that the local universities would let you use that would be more accurate.
Posted 22 June 2006 - 12:00 PM
Posted 23 June 2006 - 10:33 AM
We don't start ours until after the summer, so I have plenty of time to think.
Whoa, I actually have something to put down here!
Posted 23 October 2006 - 09:01 PM
anyone out there got some ideas or tips cos right now im stumped
Posted 02 November 2006 - 07:08 PM
Posted 08 November 2006 - 05:37 PM
Damped SHM is amazing.
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