Blog Student Research

Nikki Sanford and Mary Funke, BigSURS 2011

Video Analysis of a Hula Hoop Rotating About a Rotating Pivot Presented at the 2011 Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) To model a hula hoop rotating around a person’s arm, a mechanical device was created with a spool attached to a bent steel rod that was rotated in uniform circular motion using a variable […]

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Colin McGuire and Catherine Hendricks, BigSURS 2011

Measuring Viscosity with a Driven Damped Harmonic Oscillator Presented at the 2011 Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) A typical problem solved in a junior/senior level classical mechanics course is the driven, damped harmonic oscillator with a linear drag force. This experiment is surprisingly difficult to build because the linear drag is dependent on the […]

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Aaron Robinson, NCSAAPT S11

An EJS Simulation of a Mass Spectrometer Presented at the 2011 Spring Meeting of NCSAAPT This simplistic model of a cubic ion trap is designed to introduce scientists and students to ion cyclotron resonance phenomenon. By employing Easy Java Simulations (EJS), we were able to generate a 3-D model of a cubic ion trap used […]

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Daniel Short

High-Speed Video Analysis of a Cantilever A cantilever is a beam that is fixed at one end and free to oscillate on the other end. It is used in an atomic force microscope and a computer hard drive, for example. In this experiment, a cantilever was set up using a long, flat metal beam, and […]

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Catherine Hendricks

An Alternative Numerical Technique for Calculating the Perpendicular Component of the Net Force on an Object According to Newton’s second law, the net force on an object is equal to the time rate of change of the object’s momentum. The perpendicular component of the net force on the object changes the direction of the momentum […]

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Laura Lee

High-Speed Video Analysis of Karate Kicks A properly performed karate kick requires agility and balance to produce a maximum-speed kick during the largest possible range. In this project, high-speed video analysis at 300 fps was used to study three different kicks: (1) the front kick, (2) the side kick, and (3) the roundhouse kick. The […]

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Elizabeth Messina

Accounting for Non-Constant Thrust in a Model Rocket Simulator Model rocket simulators usually account for the thrust of the engine by assuming it is constant. However, in reality the force is not constant. The purpose of this project is to determine the thrust curves of various model rocket engines by measuring the thrust vs. time […]

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Colin McGuire

A Classical Force Exchange Simulation A classical force exchange refers to two objects that exchange a massive particle at constant speed. When the particle is “thrown” or “caught” by each object, it exerts an impulse on the object. As a result of this exchange, the objects accelerate away from each other with an apparent repulsive […]

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Brielle Spencer

High Speed Video Analysis of the Force by a Bowstring on an Arrow Bows and arrows have been used for years for both hunting and recreational purposes, and over time innovations have been made to the bow to make it easier for the user. An arrow needs to have high force on it in order […]

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Mark Montazer

Simulating Exoplanets and Radial Velocity Curves The most prolific method for detecting exoplanets is the radial velocity method. As discoveries are published, they are generally accompanied by data, a set of orbital parameters, and a statistical justification of the conclusions. Using both Keplerian mechanics and Newtonian mechanics, this project used Easy Java Simulations (EJS) to […]

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