In this activity, students will understand how potential energy is stored and converted by observing a slinky and a spring in action.
Elastic potential energy is energy stored in objects by tension (like a stretched rubber band) or compression (when you squeeze a spring).
When the potential energy is 'released', it is converted to the energy of motion, also known as kinetic energy. This is the energy you see when the rubber band or spring pops back to its original shape.
Compression: Any of the forces applied towards the centre of structural objects. An engineering term used opposite to tension.
Tension: A force tending to stretch or elongate something. A term used opposite to compression.