This simulation displays the motion of a spring in simple harmonic motion. The user can adjust the settings in the problem including mass, spring stiffness, and damping. Graphs can be plotted relating any two of these quantities: position, velocity, acceleration, energy (potential, kinetic, and total), and the work done by damping. Bar graphs showing the energy are displayed in a separate area. The web page also gives and outline of the physics, the mathematical models used, and the numerical methods for the simulation.
This is one of a group of simulations of classical systems.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Periodic and Simple Harmonic Motion Unit Title: Conservation of Energy and Forces on a Spring
This item combines a simulation of a simple linear oscillator with detailed content support explaining the physics. Both numerical and analytical solutions are given, as well as puzzles for student interaction.
%0 Electronic Source %A Neumann, Erik %D 2004 %T My Physics Labs - Single Spring %V 2015 %N 25 January 2015 %9 application/java %U http://www.myphysicslab.com/spring1.html
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