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This simulation provides a realistic virtual mass-and-spring laboratory. Students can explore spring motion by manipulating stiffness of the spring, the hanging mass, the initial pull, damping (friction) and gravity. Charts of kinetic, potential, and thermal energy are displayed alongside, allowing for energy analysis of the system.

This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Damped Oscillators
= Hooke's Law
= Simple Harmonic Motion
= Springs and Oscillators
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/mas…
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© 2005 PHET; University of Colorado at Boulder
Additional information is available.
Keywords:
Hooke's Law, damping, elastic potential energy, friction, harmonic oscillation, simple harmonic motion, spring constant, springs
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created April 26, 2006 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
November 14, 2012 by Zachary Davis
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when Cataloged:
March 3, 2006
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NSES Content Standards

Con.B: Physical Science
  • 5-8: Motion & Forces
  • 9-12: Motions & Forces
  • 9-12: Conservation of Energy & Increase in Disorder

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Energy Forms and Sources

This is a good model for students to interactively explore how masses and springs relate to potential energy and Hooke's Law. They can adjust the stiffness of the spring, the hanging mass, damping (friction) and gravitational constant. Energy charts are provided to analyze the changing potential and kinetic energy of each spring.

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Topic: Periodic and Simple Harmonic Motion
Unit Title: Conservation of Energy and Forces on a Spring

In this realistic virtual mass-and-spring laboratory, students explore spring motion by hanging weights of different masses on springs. Students can adjust the spring stiffness and damping. (Damping is a force, often friction, that reduces amplitude.) Real-time charts show changing kinetic, potential, and thermal energy levels as the springs oscillate. Can be adapted for a variety of levels and capabilities.

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(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab).
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PhET Simulation: Masses & Springs (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab>.
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PhET Simulation: Masses & Springs. (2006, March 3). Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab
Chicago Format
Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Masses & Springs. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, March 3, 2006. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab (accessed 22 July 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Masses & Springs. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2005. 3 Mar. 2006. 22 July 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab>.
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Is Required By PhET Teacher Activities: Experimental Design with Forces

A comprehensive lesson plan for middle school that blends a classroom experiment with the PhET simulation Masses & Springs. Contains scripted teacher discussion, background information, student guide, assessment with answer key.

relation by Caroline Hall
Is Required By PhET Teacher Activities: Hooke's Law

A set of guided student problems with answer key, developed specifically for use in high school physics with the PhET simulation Masses & Springs.

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