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.).

Items that test for misconception EGM034
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EG035004

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

26%

EG041003

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

18%