Periodic Motion: Definition & Examples


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What is periodic motion?

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1. If an object in periodic motion completes one full cycle in 0.5 seconds, what is the frequency of the motion?

2. Which of the following is NOT an example of periodic motion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

From defining periodic motion to understanding conditions relevant to this motion, this assessment is designed to measure your full comprehension of this concept. You must be able to recognize specific terms and examples in order to do well on this quiz/worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will measure your ability to do the following:

  • Explain periodic motion
  • Determine the frequency of a motion in a given example
  • Recognize examples of periodic motion and simple harmonic motion
  • List conditions for simple harmonic motion

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define periodic motion
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve a periodic motion practice problem
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the conditions for simple harmonic motion
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to recognize examples of periodic and simple harmonic motion

Additional Learning

Expand your understanding of this physics topic by referring to the lesson titled Periodic Motion: Definition & Examples. You can expect to learn more about:

  • What the term 'hertz' refers to
  • Which factor determines if a movement can be considered simple harmonic motion
  • How period motion is defined mathematically