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 explicit directions and lesson ideas for instructors. This item is part of a larger collection of physics simulations sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9


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