The Spring Energy Lab is a software simulation where students will find the spring constant and analyze the energies as a spring bounces up and down, confirming the conservation of energy.
There is no lab handout, since the entire lab is contained inside of the software. Students can print out screens that contain the data and follow directions to make graphs and calculations.
In part 1, students will measure the stretch of a spring, graph the mass versus the stretch, and determine the spring constant. Students can print out the directions and data tables after typing in the data on the computer. The data table can be printed out. There are several other screens explaining how to find the slope and how to find the spring constant from the slope.
In Part 2, students will measure the top, bottom, and equilibrium stretch of a spring that is bouncing up and down. Then they will calculate the gravitational, kinetic, spring, and total energies at these three positions. The directions can be printed out. The final values are typed in a data table which can be printed out.
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Requirements: PC and Windows XP or later
Lab Key: SpringEnergyLab_Key.doc and PDF
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