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that if mechanical energy is conserved, work is the amount of energy transformed between different forms of mechanical energy in a system, such as: the elastic potential energy as given by EH = 1/2k(Δx)2


Here are experiments our science specialists have selected to support this IB* topic.

Energy Storage and Transfer: Elastic Energy

Experiment #7 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Mechanics

In this experiment, you will

  • Determine the relationship between the applied force and the deformation of an elastic object (spring or rubber band).
  • Determine an expression for the elastic energy stored in a spring or rubber band that has been compressed or stretched.

Springs Making Things Move

Experiment #11 from Physics Explorations and Projects

  • Design and perform an investigation.
  • Draw a conclusion from evidence.
  • Understand that the area under the curve of force vs. displacement represents a physically meaningful quantity that involves speed of an object.

Educational Standard
International Baccalaureate (IB) 2025
A Space, time and motion
A.3 Work, energy and power
Standard level and higher level

* The IB Diploma Program is an official program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which authorizes schools to offer it. The material available here has been developed independently of the IBO and is not endorsed by it.