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Ch 11: AP Physics C: Oscillations

About This Chapter

This chapter discusses the essentials of oscillating motion, from springs to pendulums, to help boost your knowledge in physics. You can follow along in the lesson transcripts and check your understanding with the self-assessment quizzes.

AP Physics C: Oscillations - Chapter Summary

In this AP Physics C preparation chapter, you will get an information dump on all things oscillatory. Our instructors are experts in the field of physics and guide you through the various oscillating motions with fun videos and tons of useful examples. As you work through these video lessons you will learn:

  • What the definitions and formulae for velocity, force, and acceleration are
  • How Hooke's Law describes the proportionate relationship between force and displacement in harmonic motion
  • How kinetic and potential energy are calculated in simple harmonic motion
  • Ways to calculate and describe displacement, velocity, and acceleration in simple harmonic motion
  • Methods to work through equations describing the motion of spring-block oscillators
  • How SHM solutions are expressed through sine/cosine
  • What equations are used to solve motion and force in pendulums

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: AP Physics C: Oscillations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples

1. 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.

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

2. 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: 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.

The Sinusoidal Description of Simple Harmonic Motion

6. The Sinusoidal Description of Simple Harmonic Motion

Watch this video to learn about simple harmonic motion. Learn the sinusoidal equations we use to solve problems of simple harmonic motion, and test your knowledge afterwards with a short quiz.

Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations

7. 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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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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