Period and Frequency of a Vibrating Mass on a Spring

The Period and Frequency of a Vibrating Mass on a Spring Concept Builder provides an introduction to the motion of a vibrating mass on a spring. The Concept Builder consists 60 questions organized into 15 Question Groups and spread across three activities. The first activity - Basic Concepts - targets a student's understanding of the distinction between period and frequency. Attention is given to the definitions, units of measurement, mathematical meaning, and the variables that affect these two quantities. In the second activity - Ranking Tasks - learners are presented with values of mass, spring constant, and spring length for three experimental trials; they must rank the three trials according to their period. In the third activity - Proportional Reasoning - learners must use proportional reasoning to predict the quantitative effect of changes in the mass or spring constant on the period and the frequency. Question-specific help is provided for each of the 15 situations. Use of this Concept Builder with our Task Tracker system allows teachers to track student progress.

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Users are encouraged to open the Concept Builder and explore. There is no need for an activity sheet for this Concept Builder. However, the 60 different questions can be printed. View Questions (For Teachers Only).

Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Concept Builder are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.


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