Oscillating Spring/Mass Scenario

Oscillating Spring/Mass Scenario Icon

The complex, dynamic motion of a spring/mass system is explored here. Students explore how four variables (mass, spring stiffness, damping and driving force) affect the oscillations of a spring mass.

Scenario Screenshots

A real time displacement graph plots the movement of the bob.

A real time displacement graph plots the movement of the bob.

The spring/mass animates as real time plots are rendered

The spring/mass animates as real time plots are rendered

Damping can be increased to alter the spring/mass system.

References and Documentation

PDF download iconOscillating Spring/Mass – SMALLab Teacher Guide

 

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SMALLab Learning

SMALLab Learning was founded in 2010 with the mission of advancing embodied learning in schools and museums.  Our work builds from years of research by an interdisciplinary team of dedicated faculty and graduate students at Arizona State University’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering.  For more information, please visit the About Us page.