Experiment Mx-03

Mass on Spring

Description: A spring is hung vertically from a support and a mass is attached to its end. The system can be set into simple harmonic motion to illustrate the motion of a spring-mass system.


The basic set up for the vertical spring-mass system

This demonstration can be expanded to illustrate other concepts related to the spring mass system. One can measure the force constant (k) of a spring and then measure the frequency of the oscillator. One can try different length springs and springs with different force constants. Different masses and configurations of springs (such as springs in series or springs in parallel) may also be shown.




Materials: spring, mass, support


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