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Bell Ringer: Determining a Spring Constant

Published on 07/28/2010

Activity Overview

Students use a simulation of a spring to explore the relationship between displacement and restoring force.

Key Steps

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    Students use a simulated spring to explore Hooke's Law. They first observe how displacement and restoring force change as the spring is stretched.

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    Next, they use the Geometry Trace tool to trace the path of point S, whose coordinates represent the displacement and restoring force for each position of the spring.

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    Finally, students plot the best-fit equation for the data points and use the equation to determine the spring constant for the spring.