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written by Kevork Spartalian
A Physlet-based simulation demonstrating how you get a sine wave by moving an oscillating spring mass system. The user can examine the vertical and horizontal motions separately or together.

Please note that this resource requires Java Applet Plug-in.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- General
- Oscillations
= Simple Harmonic Motion
= Springs and Oscillators
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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simple harmonic, simple harmonic motion, sine wave, spring mass, springs, springs and masses
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Metadata instance created July 19, 2008 by Taha Mzoughi
Record Updated:
July 28, 2008 by Cathy Ezrailson
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when Cataloged:
October 28, 2002
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K. Spartalian, (2002), WWW Document, (
K. Spartalian, Spring-Mass System, (2002), <>.
APA Format
Spartalian, K. (2002, October 28). Spring-Mass System. Retrieved August 23, 2019, from
Chicago Format
Spartalian, Kevork. Spring-Mass System. October 28, 2002. (accessed 23 August 2019).
MLA Format
Spartalian, Kevork. Spring-Mass System. 2002. 28 Oct. 2002. 23 Aug. 2019 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Kevork Spartalian", Title = {Spring-Mass System}, Volume = {2019}, Number = {23 August 2019}, Month = {October 28, 2002}, Year = {2002} }
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