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Spring into Action!

Figure from experiment 23 from Elementary Science with Vernier


Remember the last time you played on a swing set? Scientists call this type of back and forth motion simple harmonic motion. Besides describing back and forth, or horizontal, movement, simple harmonic motion can also be a movement that is up and down, or vertical, like a bungee jumper bouncing after the jump. The time it takes for one complete cycle of these up-and-down movements is called a period. In this activity, we will study the up-and-down motion of a ball at the end of a Slinky® using a Go!Motion.


In this activity, you will

  • Graph vertical simple harmonic motion.
  • Find how long it takes to make one complete cycle, or period.
  • Find out how the period is affected by pulling the spring further down.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

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Experiment 23 from Elementary Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Elementary Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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