Masses & Springs

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  • Springs
  • Hooke's Law
  • Conservation of Energy
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  • Springs
  • Hooke's Law
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Measurement

Description

A realistic mass and spring laboratory. Hang masses from springs and adjust the spring stiffness and damping. You can even slow time. Transport the lab to different planets. A chart shows the kinetic, potential, and thermal energy for each spring.

Sample Learning Goals

  • 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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Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Algebra-based Physics Semester one lessons, clicker questions, and schedule in pdf (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Visualization and Visual Illusions SIM Homework A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Kathy Perkins, Carl Wieman UG-Intro HW Physics
Conservation of Energy using Masses and Springs (homework version) (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS HW Physics
Conservation of Energy using Masses and Springs (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS Lab Physics
Masses and Springs Homework Determine Unknowns (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Springs and Things A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Michael Dubson, Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Mathematics
Hooke's Law (Hands-on & PhET) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Elyse Zimmer HS Lab Physics
Experimental Design with Forces A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. UTeach Middle School PhET Team MS Lab Physics
Designing Experiments Using Masses & Springs A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Karen King HS
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Introduction to Oscillations A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Karen King HS
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How do PhET simulations fit in my middle school program? This contribution was designed by PhET. Sarah Borenstein MS Other Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics
Biology
Masses and Springs Simulation Homework This contribution was designed by PhET. Kathy Perkins, Carl Wieman HS
UG-Intro
HW Physics
Mapping of PhET and IBDP Physics Jaya Ramchandani HS Other Physics
MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer MS
HS
Other Physics
Biology
Chemistry
PhET Simulations Aligned for AP Physics C Roberta Tanner HS Other Physics
Mass/Spring Activity Dan Burns HS Guided Physics
Hookes Law Kristin Michalski HS Lab Physics
Hooke's Law inquiry lab Patrick Kaplo HS Lab
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Physics
Simple Harmonic Motion Eric Aurand HS HW
Measuring Mass With Springs Jacqueline Sutton K-5 HW Physics
Spring to Another World Dean Baird, Paul G. Hewitt HS
UG-Intro
Lab Physics
Mass Spring Activity Dan Burns HS Lab Physics
Hooke's Law and Simple Harmonic Motion Michael Geiwitz HS Lab Earth Science
Physics
Simu-lab: Masses and Springs Shannon HS Lab
Masses and Springs: Energy Leslie Yam K-5 Lab
Oscillations Sarah Stanhope HS
UG-Intro
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Simple Harmonic Motion & Springs Katie Beth HS Lab
Online Assignment 4 Ms & Ss Ed Johnsen UG-Intro
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Hooke's Law (Springs) Jessica Mullins HS Lab Physics
Introduction to the Online Mass-Spring Lab Joe Redish UG-Intro
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Position function of mass on spring Geoffrey Lee-Dadswell HS
UG-Intro
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Masses and Spings John Scruggs HS Lab
Discover a Spring "Stretching Law" (Hooke Michael Poynter HS Lab Physics
Spring or Sprung? Gretchen Swanson HS Lab Physics
Spring Simulation - Identifying Variables & Asking Questions Jessica Mullins HS Lab Physics
Energy Analysis of a Mass Oscillating on a Spring Jessica Mullins HS Lab Physics
Gravity: Friend or Foe? Gretchen Swanson HS Lab Physics
Masses and Springs Stephan Graham HS Lab Physics
Vraagstuk rond de wet van Hooke Dries Boncquet HS Other
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lab course mass-spring system Peter Selen HS Lab Physics
Waves and sound(in dutch golven en trillingen) Corné de Boer HS Demo
Moteur en PhET Bernard Lacour Other Lab Physics
Kovationsvorstellung bei Funktionen in Zusammenhang mit Massen & Spiralfedern Frank Handsome MS Guided Mathematics
Physics
HUKUM HOOKE M. Arif Mahdiannur, Mohamad Nur, Z. A. Imam Supardi HS Lab Physics
AYUNAN PEGAS erni wahyuningsih HS
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Getaran Harmonik Sederhana Pada Pegas Nusa Suindrata Aji HS
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Estática (Atividades) nos OA's do PhET Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales Other
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Dinâmica (Atividades) nos OA's do PhET Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales UG-Adv
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Massa e Peso no "Masses & Springs" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Earth Science
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MHS para pêndulos e sistemas massa-mola Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales Other
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Earth Science
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Web Quest Física Oscilacoes Portugues BR Decio Schaffer Grad HW
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Força Aplicada e Distenção em Molas Marcus Duarte, Edio da Costa Junior, Nathany Jammal MS Lab
CALCULO DE MASAS CON LA LEY DE HOOKE Guillermo Valenzuela HS Guided Physics
JUGANDO CON MUELLES Laureano Costarrosa HS HW
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  • Michael Dubson (developer/lead)
  • Kathy Perkins
  • Interviewer: Wendy Adams