A2L Item 149

Goal: Reason with potential energy

Source: UMPERG-ctqpe68

Consider three spring systems having identical springs and
masses. Which of the 3 systems has the largest amount of stored energy?

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. A and C
  5. All have the same potential energy
  6. Cannot be determined



(2) Students often forget to include the gravitational potential
energy and also have difficulty selecting a good reference point.