The Kinematics of Simple Harmonic Motion


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What is kinematics?

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1. What is simple harmonic motion?

2. Why is the equation for displacement a cosine curve (rather than sine)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these assets to test your knowledge of kinematics. Expect to be quizzed on subjects like kinematics, simple harmonic motion, cosine curves, and acceleration.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Question will be particularly on:

  • Define kinematics and simple harmonic motion
  • The equation for displacement
  • Acceleration during a pendulum's simple harmonic motion
  • Velocity during a pendulum's simple harmonic motion

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of acceleration and velocity
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as simple harmonic motion and kinematics
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the equation for displacement and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Use the accompanying video lesson, The Kinematics of Simple Harmonic Motion, to learn more. Watching this lesson will strengthen your understanding of:

  • Work an example problem to understand the application
  • Displacement, velocity, and acceleration of objects
  • The motion of a pendulum