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Description The mechanical system under study is composed of a spring, a damper and two contacting bodies with friction. The different parameters can be adjusted with the sliders provided. Authors Alfonso Urquía and Carla Martín
Dpto. de Informática y Automática
E.T.S. de Ingeniería Informática, UNED
Juan del Rosal 16, 28040 Madrid, Spain  


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This simulation shows a complete mechanical spring-mass system. The masses and the spring all experience frictional forces acting on them, which is graphed out on the right graph in the simulation.

The left graph contains the entire spring system, which moves according to the spring forces acting on it. The right panel shows the graph of the forward and backward frictions against time.

The parameters can be adjusted with the sliders at the top of the simulation.






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