Misconception EGM036:

Only objects that are stretched have elastic energy. Compressed objects do not have elastic energy (AAAS Project 2061, n.d.).

Items that test for misconception EGM036 in this project () and key idea ()
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How Often the Misconception was Chosen

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EG042004

A spring has elastic energy when it is stretched and when it is compressed.

25%

EG042003

A spring has elastic energy when it is stretched and when it is compressed.

25%

EG043005

For two identical springs, the spring that is compressed more has more elastic energy.

9%