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1 USING MS EXCEL FOR DATA ANALYSIS AND SIMULATION Ian Cooper School of Physics The University of Sydney Introduction The numerical calculations performed by scientists and engineers range from the very simple to the complex. MS EXCEL is a tool that facilitates numerical calculations and increases a scientist or engineer s productivity. MS EXCEL can be used for numerical calculations, data analysis, graphics and programming in a single easy to use package. Getting high school students to use spreadsheets is a good starting point for them to emulate how scientists and engineers do some of their numerical processing and data analysis. In this workshop, you will use computer logging to gather experimental data. This data will be analysed using MS EXCEL using the trendline and the linest commands. You will learn how to format worksheets and charts to present information in scientific manner. MS EXCEL is a powerful program that can be used for creating your own simulations or for your students to create their own. The How Do The Planets Move? simulation will be discussed as an example of what can be done. MS EXCEL for Data Analysis In this workshop you will use a Universal Lab Interface (Vernier) to measure the period of an oscillating spring as a function of the mass attached to the end of the spring. The period will be measured from the displacement time graph. The data will be entered into MS EXCEL for analysis and for the determination of the spring constant. The following templates show how information and graphs can be formatted and analysed. MS EXCEL for Simulation MS EXCEL is an easy-to-use and powerful package for both teachers and students to use for creating their own simulations. In the class room, teachers can present a template of varying degrees of completeness for student use. To illustrate what can be done with MS EXCEL we will consider a simulation of How Do The Planets Move? How Do The Planets Move?, which incorporates Kepler s Laws, was chosen because it is mentioned in a number of different modules The Cosmic Engine, Space, Geophysics and Astrophysics. The simulation can be downloaded from the Website then click on the link MS EXCEL simulations & tutorials. 1

2 A B C D E F G H I J K Oscillating Block - Spring system Experiment: Determine the spring constant k mass m (g) Analysis m T = 2π k Greek letters select characters - change font to symbol time interval t = 5 T (s) ± t period T (s) MS EXCEL for Data Analysis ± T mass m (kg) period 2 T 2 (s 2 ) ± (T 2 ) graph 1 graph 2 X Y error bars X Y error bars mass m period T mass m period 2 ± t (kg) (s) (kg) T 2 (s 2 ) ± (T 2 ) slope intercept slope intercept R slope intercept slope 0.01 #N/A intercept R slope = 4 π 2 / k k = 4 π 2 / slope slope / slope = k / k k = k ( slope / slope) k = N.m -1 k = N.m -1 k = (19.6 ± 0.3) N.m -1 copy & paste special values to plot XY data Special characters alt 241 ± alt 171 ½ alt 248 alt 253 ² Significant figures * uncertainty 1 digit (usually) * value & uncertainty same no. decimal places subscript or supercript format / cells / font / subscript or superscript =linest(g32:g42,f32:f42,true,true) SHIFT+CTRL ENTER headings : name, symbol, unit format / cells / alignment / wrap text significant figures format / cells / number or increase or decrease # decimal places =linest(g32:g42,f32:f42,false,true) SHIFT+CTRL ENTER Borders Format / Cells / Border Printing * Select data to be printed - print only selection * Page Setup - print to a page, headings, gridlines etc 2

3 period of oscillation T (s) Block - Spring System Data points * Format series Error bars * Format series mass of block m (kg) To improve the appearance of your graph: * View / Sized with Window * Change aspect ratio * Format plot area - none * Change font sizes * Move plot area * Move titles Format axes * Font sizes * Significant figues * Scales * Crossing of axes period 2 T 2 (s 2 ) Block - Spring System Trendline * Chart / Add Trendline * Options equation intecept R 2 value * Format numbers y = 2.019x R 2 = mass m (kg) 3

4 MS EXCEL for Simulation HOW DO THE PANETS MOVE? One of the most important questions historically in Physics was how the planets move. Many historians consider the field of Physics to date from the work of Newton, and the motion of the planets was the principle problem Newton set out to solve. In the process of doing this, he not only introduced his laws of motion and discovered the law of gravity, he also developed differential and integral calculus. Today, the same law that governs the motion of planets is used by scientists to put satellites into orbit around the Earth and to send spacecraft through the solar system. How the planets move is determined by gravitational forces. The forces of gravity are the only forces applied to the planets. The gravitational forces between the planets are very small compared with the force due to the Sun since the mass of the planets are much less than the Sun s mass. Each planet moves almost the way the gravitational force of the Sun alone dictates, as though the other planets did not exist. The motion of a planet is governed by the Law of Universal Gravitation F = G M S m / r 2, where G is the Universal Gravitational Constant, M S is the mass of the Sun, m is the mass of the planet and r is the distance from the Sun to the planet. G = N.m 2.kg 2 M S = kg Historically, the laws of planetary motion were discovered by the outstanding German astronomer Johannes Kepler ( ) on the basis of almost 20 years of processing astronomical data, before Newton and without the aid of the law of gravitation. Kepler s Laws of Planetary Motion 1 The path of each planet around the Sun is an ellipse with the Sun at one focus. 2 Each planet moves so that all imaginary lines drawn from the Sun to the planet sweeps out equal areas in equal periods of time. 3 The ratio of the squares of the periods of revolution of planets is equal to the ratio of the cubes of their orbital radii (mean distance from the Sun or length of semimajor axis, a) (T 1 / T 2 ) 2 = (a 1 / a 2 ) 3 or T 2 = 4 π 2 a 3 / (G M S ) Kepler s First Law A planet describes an ellipse with the Sun at one focus. But what kind of an ellipse do planets describe? It turns out they are very close to circles. The path of the planet nearest the Sun,Mercury, differs most from a circle, but even in this case, the longest diameter is only 2% greater than the 4

5 shortest one. Bodies other than the planets, for example comets, move around the Sun in greatly flattened ellipses. Since the Sun is located at one of the foci and not the centre, the distance from the planet to the Sun changes noticeably. The point nearest the Sun is called the perihelion and the farthest point from the Sun is the aphelion. Half the distance from the perihelion to the aphelion is known as the semimajor radius, a. The other radius of the ellipse is the semiminor radius, b. The Path of A Planet Around the Sun is an Ellipse x 2 / a 2 + y 2 / b 2 = 1. Kepler s Second Law Each planet moves so that an imaginary line drawn from the Sun to the planet sweeps out equal areas in equal periods of time. This law results from the Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum Angular momentum = L = m v r = constant, where m is the mass of the planet, r is the distance from the Sun and v is the tangential velocity of the planet. Angular momentum is conserved because the force acting on the orbital body is always directed towards the centre of the coordinate system (0,0), i.e., the Sun. Thus, this force cannot exert a torque (twist) on the orbiting body. Since there is no torque acting, the orbital angular momentum must remain constant. Since a planet moves in an elliptical orbit, the distance r is continually changing. As it approaches the Sun the planet must speed up and as it gets further away from the Sun it must slow down such that the product v r = constant. The area of each triangle (for a small time interval dt) can be expressed as A l = 1/2 (v l dt) r l A 2 = 1/2 (v 2 dt) r 2 A 1 / A 2 = v l r l / v 2 r 2 Since angular momentum must be conserved, L = m v 1 r l = m v 2 r 2, so A 1 / A 2 = 1. Therefore, in equal time intervals, equal areas are swept out. Kepler s Third Law For an orbiting planet, the centripetal force results from the gravitational attraction between the planet and the Sun Centripetal force = Gravitational force m v 2 / a = G M S m / a 2 5

6 v 2 = G M S / a v = a ω, ω = 2 π f = 2 π / T v 2 = (4 π 2 / T 2 ) a 2 = G M S / a T 2 = (4 π 2 / G M S ) a 3 6

7 Activity 1 Testing Kepler s Third Law What is the relationship between a planet s period and its mean distance from the Sun? (A planet s mean distance from the Sun is equal to its semimajor radius). Kepler had been searching for a relationship between a planet s period and its mean distance from the Sun since his youth. Without such a relationship, the universe would make no sense to him. If the Sun had the power to govern a planet s motions, then that motion must somehow depend on the distance between the planet and Sun, BUT HOW? By analysing the planetary data for the period and mean distance from the Sun, can you find the relationship? Planet Mean Distance from Sun a (m) Period T (s) Mercury 5.79 l Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn l0 8 Uranus Neptune Pluto From laboratory experiments it is possible to find a value for the Universal Gravitational Constant. Its value is G = N.m 2.kg 2. Using this value and the data on the orbital motion of the planets, determine the mass of the Sun, M S. 7

8 Activity 2 Computer Simulation Load the Worksheet centralforce.xls. HOW DO THE PLANETS MOVE? The equation of motion for a planet can be solved using the numerical method described in Appendix 2. To simplify the calculations, the product GM S is taken as l, that is, the equation of motion is expressed as F = m / r 2 a = 1 / r 2. The initial conditions for the motion are: initial x position, x o = 1 initial y position, y o = 0 initial x velocity, v ox = 0 maximum time for orbit, t max ~ 40 (needs to be adjusted to show one orbit). Vary the value of the initial velocity in the y direction suggested values: v oy = Values can be changed on the Worksheet called Display. From the results of the spreadsheet calculations, answer the following questions. 1. For each set of initial conditions describe the trajectory of the planet. 2. Is Kepler s First Law obeyed for each of the above initial conditions (v oy )? Explain your answer. 3. What is the significance of the spacing of the dots showing the trajectory of the planet? Comment on the velocity of a planet for a circular orbit. Comment on the velocity of a planet for an elliptical orbit. 4. What is the direction of the force on the planet at each point in its trajectory? The following questions are for the elliptical orbit with v oy = From the graph, test that the orbit is actually an ellipse. Test any three points on the graph. An ellipse satisfies the condition that the sum of the distances from any point on it to the two foci is a constant. 6. From the numerical results, what are the maximum and minium velocities? Where is the planet moving most rapidly? What is this point called? Where is the planet moving most slowly? What is this point called? Mark these positions on the graph. 7. From the numerical data, test Kepler s Second Law. 8. From the numerical data, what is the length of the semimajor radius and semiminor radius? 8

9 9. From the numerical data, what is the period of revolution of the planet? 10. Using Kepler s Third Law, what is the period of revolution of the planet? 11. How well do the two estimates of the period agree? Trajectory of planet for v oy = Y X 9

10 Appendix 1: Answers to questions for simulation Answers to Activity 1 Testing Kepler s Third Law T = (2 π /G 1/2 M S 1/2 ) a 3/2 Kepler s Third law may be written in the form T = k a n where the constants k and n can be determined by analysing the data. The data of the mean distance from the Sun and the corresponding period for each planet is plotted as a linear graph and the trendline (power) is fitted to the data. The equation of the fitted curve is T = a 1.50 (correlation coefficient = 1) n = 1.5 = 3/2 k = s From the k value the mass of the Sun is M S = kg Kepler's Third Law y = 5.509E-10x 1.500E+00 R 2 = 1.000E E E E+09 period T (s) 6.0E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E+12 semi-major axis a (m) A straight line graph can be obtained by plotting log(t) against log(a). A trendline (straight line) can be fitted to the graph and the linest command can be used to determine the slope and intercept of the fitted line plus the uncertainties in the slope and intercept. The values are n = ( ± ) k = (5.51 ± 0.06) s M S = (1.95 ± 0.04) kg The accepted value for the mass of the Sun is kg. 10

11 log( T ) Kepler's third Law y = x R 2 = log( a ) Testing Kepler s Third Law T = k a n Planet Mean distance from Sun a (m) Period T (s) log(a) log(t) Mercury 5.79E E Venus 1.08E E Earth 1.50E E Mars 2.28E E Jupiter 7.78E E Saturn 1.43E E Uranus 2.86E E Nepture 4.52E E Pluto 5.90E E Trendline - power Linest - curve fitting n = n = = log(k) k = 5.51E-10s n = = log(k) Mass of Sun n / n % = 0.03 G = 6.67E-11N.m2.kg-2 M S = 4 π 2 (/k 2 G) k = 5.51E-10kmax = 5.57E-10s M S = 1.95E+30kg kmin = 5.45E-10s M S = 4 π 2 (/k 2 G) M S = 1.95E+30kg min M S = 1.99E+30kg max M S = 1.91E+30kg 11

12 Answers to Activity 2 Computer Simulation How Do The Planets Move? 1. For each set of initial conditions describe the trajectory of the planet. 1 v oy = 1.0 Circular orbit 2 v oy = 1.2 Elliptical orbit perihelion at x = 1 aphelion at x = v oy = 1.3 Elliptical orbit perihelion at x = 1 aphelion at x = v oy = 1.4 Escapes - The initial speed of the planet is so large, the gravitational force cannot bend the trajectory into a bound orbit. The planet escapes on a path approaching a straight line and with a speed that approaches a constant value as it gets further from the Sun. This happens because the force acting between the two bodies decreases rapidly as their separation increases, so that before long the moving body has effectively escaped the influence of that force. 5 v oy = 0.9 Elliptical orbit aphelion at x = 1 perihelion at x = v oy = 0.8 Elliptical orbit aphelion at x = 1 perihelion at x = v oy = 0.4 CRASH planet is moving too slowly and the planet crashes into the Sun 2. Is Kepler s First Law obeyed for each of the above initial conditions? Explain your answer. Kepler s First Law is not obeyed for all initial conditions. If the planet is moving just at the right speed, the orbit is circular. If the planet initially is moving slightly more rapidly, then the orbit will be elliptical with the trajectory outside that of the circular orbit. If the planet initially is moving slightly more slowly, then the orbit will be elliptical with the trajectory inside that of the circular orbit. If the planet is initially moving too rapidly, the planet escapes from the Sun or if moving too slowly it will crash into the Sun and Kepler s First Law does not hold in the last two cases. 3. What is the significance of the spacing of the dots showing the trajectory of the planet? Comment on the velocity of a planet for a circular orbit. Comment on the velocity of a planet for an elliptical orbit. The spacing of the dot is a measure of the average speed of the planet at that location. The dots are equally spaced for the circular orbit. Hence, the orbital speed of the planet is constant. The spacing of the dots is not regular. As the planet approaches the perihelion, the dots are widely spaced. This indicates a large speed compared to when the planet approaches the aphelion where the dots are closely spaced and the speed is smaller. 4. What is the direction of the force on the planet at each point in its trajectory? The direction of the force on the planet is always directed to the centre of the coordinate system (0,0) i.e., to the Sun that is located at one of the foci of the ellipse. The following questions are for the elliptical orbit for v oy = From the graph, test that the orbit is actually an ellipse. Test any three points on the graph. An ellipse satisfies the condition that the sum of the distances from any point on it to the two foci is a constant. 12

13 An ellipse satisfies the condition that the sum of the distances, d from any point on it to the two foci is a constant. P1: d = ( ) mm = 86 mm P2: d = ( ) mm = 85 mm P3: d = ( ) mm = 88 mm 6. From the numerical results, what are the maximum and minium velocities? Where is the planet moving most rapidly? What is this point called? Where is the planet moving most slowly? What is this point called? Mark these positions on the graph. Maximum velocity = 1.30 Minimum velocity = 0.24 The planet is moving most rapidly at the perihelion. The planet is moving most slowly at the aphelion. 7. From the numerical data, test Kepler s Second Law. From the numerical data, the product v.r is essentially constant, indicating conservation of angular momentum and hence equal areas swept out in equal time intervals. 8. From the numerical data, what are the lengths of the semimajor and semiminor radius? a = ( )/2 = 3.2 b = ( ) = From the numerical data, what is the period of revolution of the planet? T = (2)(19.0) = Using Kepler s Third Law, what is the period of revolution of the planet? T = {(4π 2 / GM S ) a 3 )} 1/2 GM S = l, a = (3.2 ± 0.1) T = (36 ± 2) 11. How well do the two estimates of the period agree? T = 38 from the numerical data T = (36 ± 2) from Kepler s Second Law agreement 13

14 Appendix 2 Numerical Method for calculating the trajectory Newton s Second Law F(t) = m d 2 x(t)/dt 2 (A1) can be solved numerically to find the position of the particle as a function of time. In this numerical method, approximations to the first and second derivatives are made. Consider a single-valued continued function ψ(t) that is evaluated at N equally spaced points x 1, x 2,, x N. The first and second derivatives of the function ψ(t) at the time t c where c is an index integer, c = 1, 2, 3,, N are given by Eqs. (A2) and (A3) respectively. The time interval is t = t c+1 t c. dψ() t = ψ ( t c+1) ψ( t c 1 ) c = 2,3,...,N -1 dt 2 t t= t c d 2 ψ( t) = ψ ( t c+1) 2ψ( t)+ψ( t c 1 ) c = 2,3,...,N -1. dt 2 t 2 t= t c (A2) (A3) To start the calculation one needs to input the initial conditions for the first two time steps. The force acting on the planet is given by the Law of Universal Gravitation and therefore, the equation of motion of the planet is m a = G M S m / r 2 Thus, the acceleration in vector form is a = (G M S / r 3 ) r Squaring both sides a 2 = (GM S / r 3 ) 2 r 2 = (GM S / r 3 ) 2 (x 2 + y 2 ). Therefore, the x and y components of the acceleration are a x = (GM S / r 3 ) x a y = (GM S / r 3 ) y. Using eq (A3) we can approximation the position of the planet by x(t + t) = 2 t GM S x(t) / {x(t) 2 + y(t) 2 } 3/2 + 2x(t) x(t t), y(t + t) = 2 t GM S y(t) / {x(t) 2 + y(t) 2 } 3/2 + 2y(t) y(t t). Once, the position is known then the velocity can be calculated from eq (A2) v x (t) = {x(t + t) x(t t)} / 2 t v y (t) = {y(t + t) y(t t)} / 2 t. The acceleration is calculated from a x (t) = (GM S / r(t) 3 ) x(t) a y (t) = (GM S / r(t) 3 ) y(t) r(t) 2 = x(t) 2 + y(t) 2. 14

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