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written by Gary Gladding
published by the University of llinois Physics Education Research Group
This is an interactive homework problem relating to transverse wave motion in a vibrating Slinky toy.  A slinky of known mass is stretched to a length of 6m and given a shake to create a transverse wave pulse.  It takes 0.8 seconds for the pulse to travel the full length.  If the Slinky is stretched to a length of 10.2m, how long will it take the pulse to reach the other end?

The problem is accompanied by a Socratic-dialog "help" sequence designed to help users understand the relationships among spring tension, spring constant, and speed of a traveling wave.  Specific guidance is provided for each component of this problem, from strategic analysis through application of the mathematics.  This item is part of a larger collection of interactive problems developed by the Illinois Physics Education Research Group.

SEE RELATED ITEMS BELOW for a link to the author's full set of problems for an introductory physics course on Mechanics and Heat.
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Education Practices
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= Problem Solving
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Springs and Oscillators
- Wave Motion
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
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- High School
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Keywords:
spring, spring constant, tension, transverse wave, wave propagation
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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), WWW Document, (http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/15/slinky).
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G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Waves on a Slinky (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), <http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/15/slinky>.
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Gladding, G. (2006, June 16). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Waves on a Slinky. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/15/slinky
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Waves on a Slinky. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, June 16, 2006. http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/15/slinky (accessed 29 July 2014).
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Waves on a Slinky. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2006. 16 June 2006. 29 July 2014 <http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/15/slinky>.
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