# Masses and Springs

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### Topics

• Periodic Motion
• Hooke's Law
• Conservation of Energy
• Newton's Laws
• Measurement
• Vectors

### Description

Hang masses from springs and adjust the spring constant and damping. Transport the lab to different planets, or slow down time. Observe the forces and energy in the system in real-time, and measure the period using the stopwatch.

### Sample Learning Goals

• Determine the factors which affect the period of oscillation
• Find the value of g on Planet X
• Design an experiment to determine the mass of an unknown object
• Describe the relationship between the velocity and acceleration vectors, and their relationship to motion, at various points in the oscillation
• Explain how the free-body diagram of the mass changes throughout its oscillation
• Explain the Conservation of Mechanical Energy using kinetic, elastic potential, gravitational potential, and thermal energy
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Conservation of Energy using Masses and Springs (homework version) (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Conservation of Energy using Masses and Springs (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein HS Lab Physics
Masses and Springs Homework Determine Unknowns (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein HS
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Hooke's Law (Hands-on & PhET) Elyse Zimmer HS Lab Physics
Experimental Design with Forces UTeach Middle School PhET Team MS Lab Physics
Alignment of PhET sims with NGSS Trish Loeblein updated by Diana López HS
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PHET: Masses and Springs 2021 Robin Ritland MS Lab
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Video: Self-paced Investigation on Hooke's Law Virtual Lab Louis Wong HS
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Harmonic oscillator Marko Vargović HS Lab
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Elastic potential energy, work and Hooke’s law. Mariya Almallah UG-Intro
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Hooke's Law and The Spring Constant Alya AlOwais HS
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Guided Discovery (Chinese/English) for Freshman University Physics: 4. Rotations & Oscillations Charity Grace White (白愛恩), Ammanuel Assefa, Byron Lin (林彥孝), Jonathon David White (白小明) UG-Intro Guided
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Guided Discovery (Chinese/English) for Freshman University Physics: 3. Energy & Momentum Janet Chen (陳衫豫), Aien Charity Grace White (白愛恩), Jonathon David White (白小明) UG-Intro Remote
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Video: Self-paced Investigation on Simple Harmonic Motion of a spring-mass system Louis Wong MS
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MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer MS
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Simple Harmonic Motion (Pendulum & Spring) Nawal Nayfeh UG-Intro
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Virtual Lab - Hooke's Law and Spring Systems Tristan O'Hanlon UG-Intro
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Spring Oscillators Activity Silas Laycock UG-Intro
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Simple Harmonic Motion Virtual Modeling Lab PhET Julie Farhm HS Remote
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Hooke's Law, Spring Constant, and Energy HONORS Steve Banasiak HS Lab Physics
Hooke's Law and Spring Constant with Energy: Regular Level Steve Banasiak HS Lab Physics
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Energy in a Coil Spring Norman Burtness HS
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Qualitative Introduction to Energy Steve Banasiak MS
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Energía Mecánica Trish Loeblein (traducción de Diana López) UG-Intro
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SECUNDARIA: Alineación PhET con programas de la SEP México (2011 y 2017) Diana López MS
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Introducción a la Física: medidas, unidades y relación entre variables Diana López HS
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PREPARATORIA: Alineación de PhET con programas de la DGB México (2017) Diana López UG-Intro
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Harmonijski oscilator Marko Vargović HS Lab
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Oplossing (Veren en massa's) Roland Van Kerschaver HS Lab Physics
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Massa's en veren Roland Van Kerschaver HS Lab Physics
Moteur en PhET Bernard Lacour Other Lab Physics
Laboratório virtual - Sistema Massa-mola Tiago Paes Grad
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Estática (Atividades) nos OA's do PhET Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales Other
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Elasticidad de un resorte FRANKLIN MOLINA UG-Intro MC Physics
Guia para trabajar Masa - Resorte con aplicación de gráficas en Excel Luis Fernando Londoño Zea HS
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JUGANDO CON MUELLES Laureano Costarrosa HS Remote
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LEY HOOKE Y MOVIMIENTO ARMÓNICO Pedro Salgado HS
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Movimiento Armonico Simple: El pendulo y el resorte (Simple Harmonic Motion:pendulum and spring Carmen Maldonado UG-Intro
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Albanian All shqip Masat dhe Sustat
Arabic All العربية الكتل و النوابض
Azerbaijani All Azerbaijani Kütlələr və yaylar
Basque All Euskara Masak eta malgukiak
Bosnian All Bosanski Mase i opruge
Chinese (Simplified) All 中文 (中国) 质量和弹簧
Chinese (Traditional) All 中文 (台灣) Masses and Springs_質量與彈簧
Croatian All hrvatski Mase i opruge
Czech All čeština Hmotnosti a pružiny
Danish All Dansk Vægte og fjedre
Dutch All Nederlands Massa’s en veren
French All français Masses et ressorts
German All Deutsch Massen und Federn
Greek All Ελληνικά Μάζες και ελατήρια
Gujarati All Gujarati દળ અને સ્પ્રિંગ -Pankajsid34
Hebrew All עברית משקולות וקפיצים
Hungarian All magyar Rugólabor
Irish All Gaeilge Maiseanna agus Lingeáin
Italian All italiano Masse e molle
Japanese All 日本語 おもりとばね
Kazakh All Kazakh Серіппелі маятник
Korean All 한국어 질량과 용수철
Mongolian All Монгол (Монгол) Масс ба Пүрш
Norwegian Bokmal All Norsk bokmål Lodd og fjær
Persian All فارسی جرم ها و فنرها
Polish All polski Ciężarki na sprężynach
Portuguese (Brazil) All português (Brasil) Massas e Molas
Romanian All română Mase și resorturi
Russian All русский Колебания тела на пружине
Serbian All Српски Масе и опруге
Slovak All Slovenčina Pružinový oscilátor
Slovenian All Slovenščina Uteži in vzmeti
Spanish All español Masas y Resortes
Spanish (Mexico) All español (México) Masas y Resortes
Spanish (Peru) All español (Perú) Masas y Resortes
Swedish All svenska Vikter och fjädrar
Tamil All Tamil Masses and Springs
Telugu All Telugu ద్రవ్యరాశులు, స్ప్రింగులు                అనువాదం: ఉడిత్యాల రమణ
Thai All ไทย มวลและสปริง
Turkish All Türkçe Kütleler ve Yaylar
Ukrainian All українська Маси і пружини
Vietnamese All Tiếng Việt Con lắc lò xo
Welsh All Welsh Masau a sbringiau

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