In a lecture demonstration, a 3.0-m-long vertical string with ten bolts tied to it at equal intervals is dropped from the ceiling of the lecture hall. The string falls on a tin plate, and the class hears the clink of each bolt as it hits the plate. The sounds will not occur at equal time intervals. Why? Will the time between clinks increase of decrease near the end of the fall? How could the bolts be tied so that the clinks occur at equal intervals?


First of all, the bolts wont hit the ground at equal time intervals because each bolt is constantly increasing. Therefore, the top will have different velocity with the bottom bolt at all times. this means that the bolts will speed up more as they are higher which will make the interval time shorter. therefore, the time will decrease

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