# Lab Eight Essay

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Lab 8 Simple Harmonic Motion Introduction to Physics I Laboratory Emily Morrow Introduction Lab eight, the simple harmonic motion lab, is a hands-on experiment that will allow me to use real world items to create a pendulum and to see as well as record information about the motion in depth. There will be a data table that will include the information regarding the pendulums such as 1) two amplitudes and corresponding periods, 2) two lengths and corresponding periods, and 3) two masses and corresponding periods. Through this lab, I will learn how each pendulum compares to each other by changing things such as the length of each pendulum and to see how that may affect each pendulum’s outcome. Before completing this lab, one must fully understand that a pendulum is an example of simple harmonic motion because “their motion is periodic and thus obeys the laws of wave and periodic motion” (Lab Intro Given). In the simple harmonic motion, terms such as “period,” “amplitude,” and “length” are used. The following are the definitions of these terms for one to better understand in order to complete the lab without question. 1. A period is “the time for one complete swing or oscillation...” (Lab Procedure Given). 2. Amplitude is “the angle the pendulum swings through...” (Lab Procedure Given). 3. Length is “the distance between the pivot point of the string (or top of the swing) and the oscillating mass...” (Lab Procedure Given). One must also know that due to human error during this lab, there will be a degree of errors in one’s findings. I will attempt, to my fullest capability, to accurately and precisely calculate real results with as little to no errors as possible. Theory During the lab, I was able to freshen up on my science skills when remembering and finding the period, length, and amplitude of two different objects. When I first learned about