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If you have a spring that has been stretched to the point where it is about to break, there are two things that will happen. The first is that the oscillations of the spring will increase in amplitude. This occurs because when one end of the spring moves up, then this releases some energy and allows for more movement on the other side of the equilibrium point. The second thing that happens if you stretch a spring too far is called resonance, which means that small disturbances can cause large movements in response.

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In this post we’ll look at how these two factors affect mass oscillations on springs and how they’re related. The Oscillations of a Mass on A Spring. As long as the mass and spring constant remain unchanged, oscillations will continue to grow in amplitude at a steady rate until they reach a point where there is resonance.

This means that small disturbances can cause large movements in response – for example if we were to tap the edge of the spring with our finger it would produce much more movement than if we had just tapped it lightly. As this happens, energy moves back and forth between kinetic (the energy associated with motion) and potential (energy stored). So when an end of the spring lifts up due to its own momentum, some of that energy transfers into elastic potential which releases.

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