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People Bouncing on Trampolines: Dramatic Energy Transfer, a Table-Top Demonstration, Complex Dynamics and a Zero Sum Game

Figure 6

Basic mechanism of passive energy transfer from mass-1 to mass-2.

When mass-1 is moving up, the presence of mass-2 lowers the work done by the string on mass-1. Thus mass-1 takes off with lesser upward velocity than if mass-2 had not interfered.

Figure 6