Bouncing Mass-Spring System

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This Demonstration shows the movements of two identical point masses (shown in red and blue). They are connected by a spring and under the simultaneous influence of gravity (resulting in a downward force), a soft rubber-like wall at the bottom (resulting in an upward force near the bottom), and air friction, as well as internal spring friction. The initial positions of the two points can be varied by clicking and dragging the red and blue crosses, × and ×.

Contributed by: Michael Trott with permission of Springer (March 2011)
From: The Mathematica Guidebook for Numerics, second edition by Michael Trott (© Springer, 2008).
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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