Shaking Tower Experiment

Product Code: EX-5555


Built from PASCO Structures beams, this tower is made to oscillate in its various resonance modes by a driver attached by a rubber band to the first floor of the tower. Wireless Load Cells with Accelerometers are attached to each floor to record how much shaking each floor experiences.

In the second part of the experiment, a damping pendulum is installed on top of the tower. In modern buildings, passive damping mechanisms are installed to damp out oscillations during earthquakes. The damping pendulum in this tower quickly stops oscillations.

Designed for use with

  • 850 Universal Interface or Function Generator


  • Explore the resonance modes
  • Measure accelerations with wireless sensors
  • Demonstrate passive damping


Shaking Tower Experiment Files

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).

Buying Guide

Requires One Of These P/N
850 Universal Interface UI-5000
Function Generator PI-8127

Support Documents

Large Rod Stand Manual

Mechanical Wave Driver Manual