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Anisotropic Oscillator Model
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Anisotropic Oscillator Model

The EJS Anisotropic Oscillator model displays the dynamics of a mass connected ... (more)

The EJS Anisotropic Oscillator model displays the dynamics of a mass connected to two opposing springs. The simulation displays the motion of the mass as well as the trajectory plot. The initial position of the mass can be changed by dragging. The unstretched lengths of the springs can changed as well via textboxes. (less)

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Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Provider:
comPADRE
Provider Set:
Open Source Physics
Atoms and Conservation of Energy
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Atoms and Conservation of Energy

In this activity, students will explore how the Law of Conservation of ... (more)

In this activity, students will explore how the Law of Conservation of Energy (the First Law of Thermodynamics) applies to atoms, as well as the implications of heating or cooling a system. This activity focuses on potential energy and kinetic energy as well as energy conservation. The goal is to apply what is learned to both our human scale world and the world of atoms and molecules. (less)

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Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Block and Spring SHM
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Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Block and Spring SHM

This interactive homework problem presents a block attached to a massless spring ... (more)

This interactive homework problem presents a block attached to a massless spring on a frictionless surface. Given an initial velocity and distance from the equilibrium point, the problem takes learners step-by-step through the components of simple harmonic motion. It provides a conceptual analysis and explicit help to set up the appropriate solution. The problem is accompanied by a sequence of questions designed to encourage critical thinking and conceptual analysis. This tutorial is part of a larger collection of interactive problems developed by the Illinois Physics Education Research Group. Editor's Note: This problem can help students recognize the connection between the oscillation of a mass on a spring and the sinusoidal nature of simple harmonic motion. It provides help with the related free-body diagram, graphs depicting SHM, and support in using the Work-Kinetic Energy Theorem to solve. <b>See Related Materials</b> for an interactive simulation of spring motion, recommended by the editors. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Assessments
Case Study
Instructional Material
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
Gary Gladding
Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Mass on a Vertical Spring
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Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Mass on a Vertical Spring

This interactive homework problem was designed to help students understand how to ... (more)

This interactive homework problem was designed to help students understand how to apply calculations in a system involving a mass hanging from a vertical spring. If the spring is stretched and then released, what is the speed of the block when it returns to its original position for the first time? First, learners will answer conceptual questions designed to encourage critical thinking, then they will use the Conservation of Mechanical Energy method to solve the problem. This resource is part of a larger collection of interactive problems developed by the Illinois Physics Education Research Group. <i>Editor's Note: We recommend this resource to promote deeper understanding of the factors that influence the motion of a mass hanging from a spring. The author anticipates student conceptual roadblocks and helps them recognize how to use alternative problem-solving methods when the kinematic equations would become overly tedious.</i> (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
Gary Gladding
Modular Approach to Physics: Simple Harmonic Motion - Weighted Spring
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Modular Approach to Physics: Simple Harmonic Motion - Weighted Spring

This resource is a Java applet-based module relating to the simple harmonic ... (more)

This resource is a Java applet-based module relating to the simple harmonic motion produced by a block on a frictionless spring. It features a rich array of tools: motion graphs, energy graphs, vector components, reference circle, zoom toggle, and a data box that displays amplitude, angular frequency, displacement from equilibrium, phase angle, velocity, and acceleration of the oscillating block. Users control the spring constant, mass of the block, and amplitude of the oscillation. A comprehensive help section provides detailed directions and lesson ideas for instructors. This simulation is part of a larger collection of physics resources sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics). (less)

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Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Oscillator Chain Model
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Oscillator Chain Model

The EJS Oscillator Chain model shows a one-dimensional linear array of coupled ... (more)

The EJS Oscillator Chain model shows a one-dimensional linear array of coupled harmonic oscillators with fixed ends. This model can be used to study the propagation of waves in a continuous medium and the vibrational modes of a crystalline lattice. The EJS model shown here contains 31 coupled oscillators equally spaced within the interval [0, 2 pi] with fixed ends. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Provider:
comPADRE
Provider Set:
Open Source Physics
PhET Teacher Activities: Experimental Design with Forces
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PhET Teacher Activities: Experimental Design with Forces

This middle school lesson plan blends a classroom experiment with the interactive ... (more)

This middle school lesson plan blends a classroom experiment with the interactive PhET simulation <i>Masses and Springs</i>. Students design and conduct an experiment to test their predictions about the behavior of springs with masses attached. The simulation is used to explore kinetic and potential energy of spring motion and to visualize how the spring moves on different planets with varied gravitational constants. The lesson provides extensive background information for both educators and learners along with scripted teacher discussion. The simulation required to complete this activity is available from PhET at: <a href="http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab" target="_blank">Masses & Springs Simulation</a>. This lesson is part of the PhET (Physics Education Technology Project), a large collection of free interactive science simulations. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Student Guide
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
UTeach - University of Texas
PhET Teacher Activities: Hooke's Law
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PhET Teacher Activities: Hooke's Law

This two-hour activity for high school physics was created to accompany the ... (more)

This two-hour activity for high school physics was created to accompany the PhET simulation <i>Masses & Springs</i>. In the first lesson, students will use the simulation to explore how displacement of a spring is mathematically related to the load applied to it. In the next day's exploration, learners analyze the energy of a mass oscillating on a spring by observing distribution and transfer of kinetic, elastic potential, and gravitational potential energy. Materials include learning goals, explicit directions for use of the simulation, homework problems, and answer key. The spring motion simulation (which is required to complete this activity) is available from PhET at: <a href="http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab" target="_blank">Masses & Springs</a>. This lesson is part of the PhET (Physics Education Technology Project), a large collection of free interactive science simulations. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
Jessica Mullins
PhET Teacher Activities: Introduction to Oscillations
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PhET Teacher Activities: Introduction to Oscillations

This middle school lesson with student guide was designed for use with ... (more)

This middle school lesson with student guide was designed for use with the PhET simulation <i>Masses & Springs</i>. It is a ready-to-use, inquiry-based activity for introducing the concepts of frequency and period in an oscillating object. Students will be using the tools in the simulation to help them solve a real-world question about designing a bungee jump for an amusement park. The Flash simulation <i>Masses & Springs</i> is a requirement for completion of this activity. Link to simulation here: <a href="http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/mass-spring-lab" target="_blank">PhET: Masses & Springs</a> This resource is part of the Physics Education Technology Project (PhET), an extensive collection of interactive simulations designed to support science education. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Student Guide
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
Karen King
PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Applications of Sinusoidal Functions
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PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Applications of Sinusoidal Functions

This activity is intended to supplement the "Wave on a String" PhET ... (more)

This activity is intended to supplement the "Wave on a String" PhET simulation. Students apply the concepts introduced in the computer simulation to explore properties of sinusoidal functions. They will find an equation of a wave with pre-set components and analyze how amplitude, frequency, and tension influence changes in the wave motion. The activity is intended to take ~60 minutes to complete. The wave simulation, which must be open and displayed to complete this activity, is available from PhET at: <a href="http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string" target="_blank">Wave on a String</a>. This lesson is part of PhET (Physics Education Technology Project), a large collection of free interactive simulations for science education. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
Andrzej Sokolowski
PhysClips: Simple Harmonic Motion
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PhysClips: Simple Harmonic Motion

This web page provides a multimedia format for exploring simple harmonic motion. ... (more)

This web page provides a multimedia format for exploring simple harmonic motion. It includes background material on the basics of SHM, Chladni patterns, phasor addition, Lissajous figures, and more complex waveforms. Short video clips, still images, graphs, and diagrams are integrated with text and lecture presentations to promote understanding of each concept. This tutorial is part of the PhysClip collection of web-based resources on introductory mechanics, electricity, and magnetism. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Reference
Simulations
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
Joe Wolfe
Spring Motion Model
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Spring Motion Model

The Spring Motion Model shows the motion of a block attached to ... (more)

The Spring Motion Model shows the motion of a block attached to an ideal spring. The block can oscillate back-and-forth horizontally. Users can change the mass of the block, the spring constant of the spring, and the initial position of the block. You can then see the resulting motion of the block, as well as see bar graphs of the energy and plots of the block's position, speed, and acceleration as a function of time. The Spring Motion model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. <b>See Related Materials</b> for an interactive homework problem that takes learners step-by-step through each component of a "block and spring" exercise. It provides free-body diagrams, conceptual analysis, and explicit support in using the Work-Kinetic Energy Theorem to solve the problem. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
Andrew Duffy
Spring Pendulum Model
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Spring Pendulum Model

The EJS Spring Pendulum model displays the model of a hollow mass ... (more)

The EJS Spring Pendulum model displays the model of a hollow mass that moves along a rigid rod that is also connected to a spring. The mass, therefore, undergoes a combination of spring and pendulum oscillations. The initial position and velocities, as well as the spring constant can be changed via textboxes. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Provider:
comPADRE
Provider Set:
Open Source Physics
Wave Machine Model
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Wave Machine Model

This model simulates the wave generating machine created by John Shive at ... (more)

This model simulates the wave generating machine created by John Shive at Bell Laboratories and made famous by the <i>Similarities in Wave Behavior</i> film. The machine consists of horizontal cross-bars welded to a central wire spine that is perpendicular to the bars. The spine was constructed so that it can freely twist, allowing the cross-bars to produce wave-like patterns. The simulation allows various pulse shapes to be sent down the machine by selecting a function for the twist of the first rod or by dragging the first rod. The far end of the wave machine can be free or fixed, which changes the nature of the reflected wave. Change the lengths of the bars to simulate the effect of a wave propagating in a non-uniform medium. <i>The original film that introduced Dr. Shive's wave generating machine can be viewed at no cost: <a href="http://techchannel.att.com/play-video.cfm/2011/3/7/AT&T-Archives-Similarities-of-Wave-Behavior"target="_blank">Film: Similarities of Wave Behavior</a> (AT&T Archives and History Collection).</i> The Wave Machine model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Author:
Wolfgang Christian
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