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Back and Forth---Analysis of Spring Motion

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students graph the motion of a mass moving back and forth on a spring. They examine the relationships between position, velocity, and acceleration. They connect mathematical relationships to real-world phenomena.

Key Steps

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    Students will graph (in parametric mode) the motion of a mass moving back and forth on a spring.

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    Students will also graph the position, velocity, and acceleration versus time graphs which will allow them to observe the relationship between position and its first two derivatives.