1J30.23 - Tension in a Spring - Parallel and Series Scales

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Demo Title:
Tension in a Spring - Parallel and Series Scales
Tension in Springs
Area of Study:
Multiple Spring Scales of Appropriate Values, and Masses.

Place the springs in parallel, series, or a combination of both and add masses as and where desired. Check the scale readings at each point. Remember that for large series configurations you will probably need to account for the mass of the scales themselves.

  • Sarah Peters, Mark Vondracek, "Counterintuitive Behavior in Mechanical Networks", TPT, Vol. 50, # 6, Sept. 2012, p. 359.
  • David Kutliroff, "29, Reaction Force Exerted by Inanimate, Immoveable Objects", 101 Classroom Demonstrations and Experiments For Physics Teachers, p. 66.
  • David Kutliroff, "54, Scales in Series and in Parallel", 101 Classroom Demonstrations and Experiments For Physics Teachers, p. 120.
  • Borislaw Bilash II,  David Maiullo, "Pull It!", A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations, p. 58.

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