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Misconception EGM034:

Elastic potential energy is the potential for an object to be stretched or compressed. For example, a rubber band has less elastic energy when it is stretched very far than when it is stretched a little bit because it can’t be stretched much more and a rubber band that is stretched a little bit has more elastic energy because it can be stretched a lot more (AAAS Project 2061, n.d.).

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The elastic energy of a spring increases when a student compresses it.



For two identical rubber bands, the rubber band that is stretched more has more elastic energy.