# Experimental Data

The experimental data provided in this document was gathered by
summer students
in the Geometry Center's Summer Institute for undergraduates.
The "beams" used were meter sticks:

- Aluminum beam
- height = 0.002 m
- width = 0.029 m

- Pine beam
- height = 0.008 m
- width = 0.026 m

Data for a total of 17 experiments are presented here.
The error in measurement of the deflection is approximately
+/-0.001 m (=1 mm).
Please contact the Calculus Development Team
if you have experimental data that you would like to share.

## Aluminum Beam Experiments

- Cantilevered
- Length = 0.25 m; 0.00 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.25 m; 0.05 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.25 m; 0.10 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.50 m; 0.00 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.50 m; 0.05 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.50 m; 0.10 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.75 m; 0.00 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.75 m; 0.05 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.75 m; 0.10 kg concentrated at the end.

- Simply-Supported
- Length = 0.90 m; 0.00 kg concentrated in the middle.
- Length = 0.90 m; 0.05 kg concentrated in the middle.
- Length = 0.90 m; 0.10 kg concentrated in the middle.

## Pine Beam Experiments

- Cantilevered
- Length = 0.75 m; 0.00 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.75 m; 0.10 kg concentrated at the end.
- Length = 0.75 m; 0.20 kg concentrated at the end.

- Simply-Supported
- Length = 0.90 m; 1.00 kg concentrated in the middle.
- Length = 0.90 m; 2.00 kg concentrated in the middle.

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