Dr. Boye Name:______________________
Physics 115 Partner:_____________________
1. Measure the number of strides it takes to walk 10.0 meters at a normal pace. You should be able to do this to the nearest quarter mile. Do this twice. Calculate the average length of your stride.
Trial #1___________________ Trial #2___________________
Average length of stride: ___________________________________
2. One person in the group should be designated as the clapper and one as the timer. Clapper claps loudly once and all listen for echo. Once everyone has a sense of the round trip time for the clap, clapper claps hand to set up rhythm so that you hear the sound of the clap, then the echo, then the next clap, next echo…. Equal time should occur between each sound. As soon as this rhythm is established, measure the time it takes for 30 claps. Do this twice. Pace the distance to the reflecting wall and record it. Calculate the speed of sound for each trial and average them. Measure the outside temperature and calculate the speed of sound and compare it to your measure value.
Outside temperature __________________
Time for 30 claps __________________ __________________
Time for 1 round trip __________________ __________________
Paces to wall ___________________
Round trip distance in meters _______________________
Speed of sound ___________________ __________________
Average speed of sound ____________________________
Calculate speed of sound, using formula ___________________________
3. What is the percent error in your reading? Percent error is found by dividing the absolute value of the difference between your value and the accepted value by the accepted value and multiplying this fraction times 100%.
Percent error ______________________