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Exploration 16.1: Spring and Pendulum Motion
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The animations depict the motion of a mass on a spring and a pendulum, respectively. Restart.
- For Animation 1, plot the period of the motion vs. amplitude. Drag the ball from equilibrium, varying the amplitude from 1 m to 10 m in 1-m steps.
- For Animation 2, plot the period of the motion vs. amplitude. Drag the ball from equilibrium, varying the amplitude from 0.1 radian to 1.0 radian in 0.1-radian steps.
- What can you say about the period's dependence on amplitude for each animation?
Exploration authored by Mario Belloni.
Script authored by Morten Brydensholt, Wolfgang Christian, and Mario Belloni.