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PhET Teacher Activities: Hooke's Law

PhET Teacher Activities: Hooke's Law

This two-hour activity for high school physics was created to accompany the PhET simulation <i>Masses & Springs</i>. In the first lesson, students will use the simulation to explore how displacement of a spring is mathematically related to the load applied to it. In the next day's exploration, learners analyze the energy of a mass oscillating on a spring by observing distribution and transfer of kinetic, elastic potential, and gravitational potential energy. Materials include learning goals, explicit directions for use of the simulation, homework problems, and answer key. The spring motion simulation (which is required to complete this activity) is available from PhET at: <a href="http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab" target="_blank">Masses & Springs</a>. This lesson is... Show More
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