Molecule 6

This simulation shows 6 masses connected by springs and free to move in 2 dimensions.

You can change parameters in the simulation such as gravity, mass, spring stiffness, and friction (damping). You can drag any mass with your mouse to change the starting position.

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Click the buttons below for various combinations of parameter settings. Can you find all the stable configurations?
8 stable configurations
6 stable configurations
6 stable configurations
4 stable configurations

This web page was first published September 2001.

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