Masses and Springs

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In this simulation students can hang masses from springs, adjust the spring stiffness and damping, and even slow time. The lab can be transported to different planets and there is a chart which shows the kinetic, potential, and thermal energy for each spring.

[b]Sample Learning Objectives[/b]

*Explain the Conservation of Mechanical Energy concept using kinetic, elastic potential, and gravitational potential energy.

*Use your understanding of how a spring scale works to determine the mass of an unknown object.

*Find the value of g on Planet X.

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