2D Spring with Mass

Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Lab owner: 
Erik Neumann
Contact person: 
Erik Neumann
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18
English, German
Level of difficulty: 
Booking required: 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

This simulation shows a single mass on a spring, which is connected to the ceiling. The mass is able to move in 2 dimensions, and gravity operates. Does the motion look random to you? Watch the graph for a while and you'll see its actually an intricate pattern.

Students can change gravity, mass, spring stiffness, and friction (damping) and drag the mass with your mouse to change the starting position.

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