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The Oscillations of Heavy Springs Discussed for a Student Laboratory

The Oscillations of Heavy Springs Discussed for a Student Laboratory


Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

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Volume 2 - October 2013 (10)


Springs are used in simple demonstrations for the students of Physics classes to illustrate the Hooke’s Law and harmonic oscillations. The spring is usually considered as a light object that does not possess a mass. What happens if the spring is heavy, that is, its mass is not negligible? This paper aims to discuss this problem as plainly as possible. An experiment is also proposed.


Heavy Spring, Hooke’s Law, Oscillation, Physics Class


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