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A student has two identical springs. He stretches one spring and compresses the other spring.

Which of the following describes the elastic energy of the springs while they are being stretched or compressed?

  1. Both the compressed spring and the stretched spring have elastic energy.
  2. The compressed spring has elastic energy, but the stretched spring does not.
  3. The stretched spring has elastic energy, but the compressed spring does not.
  4. Neither the compressed spring nor the stretched spring has elastic energy.
Distribution of Responses
Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item EG042003
Students Responding Correctly
Group Correct Total Percent
Overall 1360 3064 44%
  6–8 735 1820 40%
  9–12 620 1233 50%
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