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An interesting application of the principle of conservation of mechanical energy.

In this presentation we use experiments with a simple system to demonstrate some interesting applications of the principle of conservation of mechanical energy. The system consists of a mass attached to a fixed point by a vertical light spring. Experiments with this systems are interesting because the system operates inside the gravitational field of the earth, and the total mechanical energy, potential system may consist of three different forms of energy, namely gravitational potential energy, potential energy stored in the spring, and kinetic energy. We are going to show that the principle of conservation of mechanical energy applied to this system may sometimes lead to some counter intuitive conclusions.
Michelle Williams, S. Kapranidis
Department of Mathematics
University of South Carolina, Aiken
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Author:Williams, Michelle; Kapranidis, S.
Publication:Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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