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ERIC Number: EJ1248168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
A Slinky's Elastic Potential Energy
Gash, Phillip
Physics Teacher, v58 n3 p198-199 Mar 2020
A previous journal article established that a hanging Slinky's restoring force is due only to the coils between the support and the Slinky's center of mass (hereafter COM). Correspondingly, it is expected the Slinky's elastic potential energy (hereafter EPE) is associated with only those coils; however, there is no confirming experimental evidence. The experimental setup, the discussion, and the analysis here provide the confirming experimental evidence. The experimental setup is simple and the analysis is straightforward. Both may be understood by physics and engineering majors who have some familiarity of the COM concept, the EPE of springs, and the ability to calculate the work done by gravitational forces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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