TEKS Science: 6.2A, 6.2B,6.2E, 6.8A CCRS Science Standards: VIII-D1, VIII-D2
Students will complete an experiment that explores how springs behave differently with different objects are attached. A compression spring will be demonstrated by a toy, which launches off the surface of a table. The students will explore extension springs using two supplied objects. The students will use their collected measurements to estimate the mass of another object based on its displacement of a spring. Potential and kinetic energy will be discussed as they relate to the spring used in their experiment. The students will use a PhET simulation to explore how the potential and kinetic energy of a spring changes as an object is in motion. Using the simulation, the students will be able to change the environment their spring is in. They will be able to formulate conclusions about how the environment influences the object’s potential and kinetic energy.