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Ch 8: AP Physics 1: Oscillations

About This Chapter

Watch our informative video lessons to learn all about oscillations and simple harmonic motion. After studying the lessons, check out our self-assessment quizzes.

AP Physics: Oscillations - Chapter Summary

Oscillations are a must-know for anyone studying physics. Learn about the properties of simple harmonic motion and how to use them to better understand oscillation by watching our easy-to-understand videos. Achieve a greater understanding of Hooke's Law, the spring constant, spring-block oscillators, and pendulums. After studying this chapter, you will know:

  • The finer points of simple harmonic motion
  • Hooke's law and how to measure the spring constant
  • The relationship between the kinetic and potential energy of a simple harmonic oscillator
  • How to discuss the kinematics of simple harmonic motion
  • The effect that the physical properties of oscillations systems have on their frequency
  • What the sinusoidal description of SHM is

Video Objective
Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples Understand simple harmonic motion. Measure time displacement, velocity, and acceleration of an object undergoing SHM.
Hooke's Law & the Spring Constant: Definition & Equation Recognize Hooke's Law and how to measure the spring constant.
Simple Harmonic Motion: Kinetic Energy & Potential Energy Analyze how kinetic and potential energy affect each other in a simple harmonic oscillator.
The Kinematics of Simple Harmonic Motion Interpret the kinematics of simple harmonic motion.
Spring-Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion, Frequency & Mass Learn about the frequency of oscillation and how it's affected by physical properties of the system.
Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations Define and discuss the sinusoidal description of SHM.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: AP Physics 1: Oscillations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Hooke's Law & the Spring Constant: Definition & Equation

1. Hooke's Law & the Spring Constant: Definition & Equation

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what Hooke's Law is and use the equation for Hooke's Law to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples

2. Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples

After watching this video, you should be able to explain what simple harmonic motion is, describe the features of the motion, and use equations to solve simple harmonic motion problems, particularly for a mass on a spring. A short quiz will follow.

Simple Harmonic Motion: Kinetic Energy & Potential Energy

3. Simple Harmonic Motion: Kinetic Energy & Potential Energy

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what simple harmonic motion is, describe the energy interplay involved in various situations, and use energy equations to solve simple harmonic motion problems. A short quiz will follow.

The Kinematics of Simple Harmonic Motion

4. The Kinematics of Simple Harmonic Motion

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what simple harmonic motion is, and use the kinematics equations for simple harmonic motion (both conceptually and numerically) to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Spring-Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion, Frequency & Mass

5. Spring-Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion, Frequency & Mass

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how a spring-block oscillator is an example of simple harmonic motion. You will also be able to use an equation for a spring-block oscillator that relates the frequency and mass of the block.

Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations

6. Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a pendulum is, why it is an example of simple harmonic motion, and use equations to solve pendulum problems. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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