Vibrating Strings Experiment

Product Code: EX-5542

Description

Study standing waves in a string by varying the driver frequency and keeping the number of segments constant. The String Vibrator is powered by the 850 Universal Interface. Students vary both the frequency and amplitude.

PASCO Advantage: The unusual approach in this version of the experiment is that the students actually provide the tension in the string by pulling directly on the force sensor. This is particularly instructive because the students get a feel for how the tension must change to vary the number of segments. Rather than hanging more weight over a pulley, the students must pull harder to achieve a smaller number of segments. This helps them remember the relationship between tension and wavelength.

The 850 Universal Interface controls the frequency and amplitude of the sine waves applied to the String Vibrator. As the frequency is gradually increased (in 10 Hz increments), the student pulls on the Force Sensor to adjust the tension for resonance with the string vibrating in two segments.


Concepts

  • Investigate standing waves
  • Pull string to adjust number of segments
  • Vary frequency of vibration

Experiments

Vibrating Strings Experiment


What’s Included


Software Required

This product requires PASCO software for data collection and analysis. We recommend the following option(s).


Interface Required

This product requires a PASCO Interface to connect to your computer or device. We recommend the following option(s).


Support Documents

PASPORT High Resolution Force Sensor Manual

String Vibrator Manual

Manual Downloads

Product Manuals for the Included Products

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)
(155 KB – .pdf – English)
String Vibrator Manual (WA-9857)
(443 KB – .pdf – English)

Arabic Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_ara
(106 KB – .pdf – Arabic)

Chinese Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_chi
(840 KB – .pdf – Chinese)

Danish Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_dan
(159 KB – .pdf – Danish)

French Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_fre
(86 KB – .pdf – French)

German Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_gem
(69 KB – .pdf – German)

Italian Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_ita
(171 KB – .pdf – Italian)

Japanese Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_jpn
(148 KB – .pdf – Japanese)

Portuguese Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_por
(83 KB – .pdf – Portuguese)

Russian Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_rus
(177 KB – .pdf – Russian)

Spanish Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_spa
(84 KB – .pdf – Spanish)

Swedish Manuals

PASPORT Force Sensor Manual (PS-2104)_swe
(74 KB – .pdf – Swedish)
Experiment File
EX-5542 Vibrating Strings.zip
(8.5 MB – .zip – English)