Goal: Translate a verbal description of physical motion to graph of force.
A block is dropped onto a vertical spring. Which net force vs. time
graph best represents the net force on the block as a function of time?
Consider only the motion of the block from the time it is dropped until
it first comes to rest.
(4); Some students may select (5) confusing the equilibrium point with the point where the block comes to rest. Students selecting (2) are ignoring gravity after the block hits the spring.