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Falling Slinky JS Model
written by Wolfgang Christian
The Falling Slinky model approximates a slinky using twenty masses connected with light springs. The slinky is suspended from one end and released.  Two actions will occur simultaneously when it is released hanging at rest from its equilibrium position - it will fall and it will collapse.  What happens to the bottom when it begins its fall?
  1. The bottom end will move up initially.
  2. The bottom end will move down initially.
  3. The bottom end will remain at the same point for a short time before it begins to move.
The Falling Slinky model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (Ejs) modeling tool.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double click the ejs_mech_newton_FallingSlinky.jar file to run the program if Java is installed.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
1 source code document is available
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- General
- Motion in One Dimension
= Gravitational Acceleration
= Velocity
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Hooke's Law
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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This material is released under a GNU General Public License Version 3 license. Additional information is available.
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Wolfgang Christian
free fall, hooke's law, speed of sound, weightless
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Metadata instance created April 9, 2019 by Wolfgang Christian
Record Updated:
March 27, 2024 by Wolfgang Christian
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W. Christian, Computer Program FALLING SLINKY JS MODEL, Version 1.0 (2019), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15011&DocID=5040).
W. Christian, Computer Program FALLING SLINKY JS MODEL, Version 1.0 (2019), <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15011&DocID=5040>.
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Christian, W. (2019). Falling Slinky JS Model (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved July 23, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15011&DocID=5040
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Christian, Wolfgang. "Falling Slinky JS Model." Version 1.0. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15011&DocID=5040 (accessed 23 July 2024).
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Christian, Wolfgang. Falling Slinky JS Model. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2019. Java 1.5. 23 July 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15011&DocID=5040>.
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