Earthquake Slip Experiment

bulletStart with the leading edge of the block at the zero position of the meter stick.

bulletSlowly pull the free end of the rubber bands until the block slips.  Write down the position of the leading edge of the block.

bulletPull the end of the rubber band string one more cm and write down the position of the block.  Repeat this cycle of pulling the rubber band string one cm and then writing down the position of the block until the block has moved at least 30 cm.

Your data table might look like this when you're done:

Block Position (cm)

 End of Rubber Bands (cm)

6 60
6 61
6 62
6 63
6 64
6 65
11.9 66
11.9 67
11.9 68
11.9 69
11.9 70
11.9 71
13.5 72
13.5 73
17.2 74
17.4 75
17.4 76
22 77
22 78
22 79
22 80
22.1 81
23.9 82
23.9 83
29.5 84
29.5 85
29.7 86
29.7 87
31.5 88
bulletNext, plot the position of the block versus the position of the end of the rubber bands.  For the sample data, the plot would look like this.