Mass on a Spring

The Mass on a Spring Interactive provides the user with a richly-interactive environment for investigating the periodic motion of a mass on a spring. There are two springs having diferent spring constants and there are five different masses (1-kg, 2-kg, 3-kg, 4-kg, and an unknown mass) that can be hung from the spring. The stiffness of each spring and the amount of damping can be controlled by a slider. Energy bar charts display the various forms of energy as the mass vibrates up and down. Once the Start button is pressed, a plot of the mass's position and velocity as a function of time is plotted. Values of time, height, and velocity are displayed in separate fields. The simulation can be rewound by dragging a slider across the plot backwards in time. Values of time, height, and velocity are updated as the slider is dragged.

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Users are encouraged to open the Interactive and explore. The Physics Classroom has not prepared any activities for use with this Interactive. We are confident that teachers who use our website will come up with plenty of great ideas for using the Mass on a Spring Interactive and we invite you to share those ideas with us. Please share your ideas on our social media websites (#TPCphint):

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Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Interactive are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.

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