Ch 9: NYSTCE Physics: Oscillations

About This Chapter

In preparation for the NYSTCE Physics CST, watch these lesson videos about harmonic motion, spring tension and the physics behind the motion of pendulums.

NYSTCE Physics: Oscillations - Chapter Summary

Watch our professional instructors in these lesson videos as they discuss the kinematics of oscillation so that you will be prepared for related questions on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Physics Content Specialty Test (CST). After you've completed the activities of this chapter, you should have a firm understanding of:

  • Simple harmonic motion
  • The Spring Constant and Hooke's Law
  • Vertical motion, frequency and mass in relation to spring-block oscillators
  • Equations used to express the physics of pendulums

To ensure your mastery of the material presented in these lessons, complete the lesson worksheets and quizzes. Then, find the subject matter you have not mastered and return to the key spots of the lesson videos to fortify your understanding of the subjects with video tags. If at any time you have a question about the topics of this chapter, remember that instructors are available to help clarify any confusion, and prepare you for your test day.

NYSTCE Physics: Oscillations Objectives

New York State administers the NYSTCE Physics CST to certify educators wanting to become physics teachers. It is a computer-based certification exam with 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response topic. The purpose of this chapter is to prepare you for questions on harmonic motion and the physics behind the functions of springs and pendulums. These questions fall under the Mechanics and Thermodynamics subarea, which makes up 23% of the exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: NYSTCE Physics: 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.

Simple Harmonic Motion: Kinetic Energy & Potential Energy

2. 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

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

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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