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written by Erik Neumann
This simulation displays the motion of a spring in simple harmonic motion. The user can adjust the settings in the problem including mass, spring stiffness, and damping. Graphs can be plotted relating any two of these quantities: position, velocity, acceleration, energy (potential, kinetic, and total), and the work done by damping. Bar graphs showing the energy are displayed in a separate area. The web page also gives and outline of the physics, the mathematical models used, and the numerical methods for the simulation.

This is one of a group of simulations of classical systems.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Laboratory
- New teachers
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© 2004 Erik Neumann
Source code is available.
Equations of motion, Runge-Kutta, damping, oscillation, spring
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Metadata instance created April 18, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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August 18, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Periodic and Simple Harmonic Motion
Unit Title: Conservation of Energy and Forces on a Spring

This item combines a simulation of a simple linear oscillator with detailed content support explaining the physics.  Both numerical and analytical solutions are given, as well as puzzles for student interaction.

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E. Neumann, (2004), WWW Document, (https://www.myphysicslab.com/springs/single-spring-en.html).
E. Neumann, My Physics Labs - Single Spring (2004), <https://www.myphysicslab.com/springs/single-spring-en.html>.
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Neumann, E. (2004). My Physics Labs - Single Spring. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://www.myphysicslab.com/springs/single-spring-en.html
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Neumann, Erik. My Physics Labs - Single Spring. 2004. https://www.myphysicslab.com/springs/single-spring-en.html (accessed 22 May 2024).
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Neumann, Erik. My Physics Labs - Single Spring. 2004. 22 May 2024 <https://www.myphysicslab.com/springs/single-spring-en.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Erik Neumann", Title = {My Physics Labs - Single Spring}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {22 May 2024}, Year = {2004} }
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