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Spring Force and SHM (simple harmonic motion)

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Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: March 02, 1998
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 21, 2011
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Submitter : Barbra Bied Sperling

This applet shows a hanging mass on a spring. Users may add or remove mass from the spring to change the equilibrium point, or may observe the oscillatory motion on a graph showing velocity vs. position.

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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no Copyright: yes
Creative Commons: unsure

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Avatar for jason Ting
13 years ago

jason Ting (Student)

This applet is the same one that we looked at in class, but I think is very
useful. The relationship between the motion of an object attached to the spring
and circular motion is demonstrated. It is still funny how the applet moves so
fast. The relationship of the force and velocity vectors is shown on the applet.
The most interesting aspect of this applet is that one circular orbit is equal
to one oscillation.

Avatar for John Walkup
14 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

Nicely done demonstration that displays clearly the concepts involved in simple harmonic motion. Similar demos are common. Aimed at introductory physics students.

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Easy to use applets. Worked fine.

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