Education Technology

Bell Ringer: Oscillations

Published on 08/22/2010

Activity Overview

Students explore the motion of a mass oscillating on a spring.

Key Steps

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    Students determine the equations describing the position and velocity of a mass on an oscillating spring.

     

    They first study an animation of an oscillating spring-mass system.

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    Data on the spring's position over time are automatically captured.

     

    Students plot position vs. time and determine the best-fit equation for the data.

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    Finally, students calculate and plot the equation describing the mass's velocity over time.