Analysis of Don Kelly's Magnet Drop Tests
|Title||Analysis of Don Kelly\'s Magnet Drop Tests|
|Author(s)||Charles A Yost, Donald A Kelly|
|Keywords||error analysis, experiment, experimental error, gravitomagnetics, gravity, plates|
|Journal||Electric Spacecraft Journal|
The following report summarizes an analysis of the magnet plate drop test data provided by Don Kelly. It indicates that significantly slower drop times can be produced by a falling plate being tilted such that one edge will impact first, delaying the time at which the impact switch will be triggered. In addition, there are a number of variables not isolated that could cause widely scattered data. To this extent, the experiment needs to be more tightly controlled. The slower drop times reported by Kelly, as a result do not establish a magnetic-gravitational interaction.