The spring simulation allows students to experiment
with a virtual spring-mass system. They can change
settings, run the simulation, and compare results. The
default simulation behavior is equilibrium, as the spring
is initially at rest. By changing the settings, a variety
of oscillatory behaviors are generated. This model is
intended as an introduction for this series of oscillatory
models, although it also aligns with specific math and
science curricular standards.
Represent, interpret, and compare data on a graph.
Explain concepts including oscillation, equilibrium, position, spring constant, mass, force, momentum, and resistance.
Represent the system's loop structure, showing how position and momentum impact one another.
Describe how and why springs oscillate.
Create a variety of springs that produce specific behavior. Be able to discuss what is causing the variations in
Science: ...use many models,
including physical objects,
plans, mental constructs,
mathematical equations, and
Science: Laws of motion are
used to calculate precisely
the effects of forces on the
motion of objects.
Math: Vary assumptions,
explore consequences, and
compare predictions with