Be sure to check out the entire Polyhedron Physics Plus collection, available as individual apps or in app bundles.
The Simple Harmonic Motion lab uses a spring-mass system to investigate relationships between the spring constant, mass, amplitude of oscillation, and period of oscillation for a mass on a spring. It is part of Polyhedron Physics Plus, a set of 24 iPad apps for use in the classroom. To see how they work, try the FREE PP+ Newton’s 2nd Law lab. For those who’d prefer to develop their own experiments, the PP Spring Mass System app features a similar apparatus without lab procedures and other supporting materials.
In addition to a 3D simulation that produces realistic data, each lab includes introductory videos, background theory, experimental procedure, analysis and reporting tools, pre-lab quiz, post-lab questions, and teacher support materials. The experimental data produced by the simulations are realistic, including random and systematic errors. These features allow students to use standard data analysis and error analysis techniques to report on their own unique data, just as if the experiment had been performed using hands-on equipment.
These labs can serve as replacements for hands-on labs, especially when equipment is not available, or as supplements to hands-on labs. They are also a suitable option for students in distance learning and home school situations. Formative and summative evaluations showed no significant difference in learning between students using the virtual labs and those using hands-on labs. Preliminary results suggest increased learning by students using the virtual labs as supplements to hands-on.
Polyhedron Physics was developed by Polyhedron Learning Media, Inc. with partial funding provided under contract numbers ED-07-CO-0040 and ED-IES-11-C-0029 from the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
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Ratings and Reviews
Not user friendly
App is not easy to use. The instructions are not very descriptive, and you cannot change the spring constant. Not worth the money.
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- Polyhedron Learning Media, Inc.
- 95.7 MB
- Requires iPadOS 15.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 12.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.