Ch 14: Oscillation & Simple Harmonic Motion

About This Chapter

Use our video lessons and quizzes to refresh your knowledge of simple harmonic motion. Get information on Hooke's law, kinematics, spring-block oscillator and equations involving pendulums in physics.

Oscillation & Simple Harmonic Motion - Chapter Summary

Watching the video lessons in this chapter will help you brush up on your knowledge of simple harmonic motion (SMH) and related formulas. You will get information on Hooke's law and the spring constant, and learn about kinetic and potential energy.

In other lessons, our instructors explain spring-block systems of oscillation, and they help you with equations involving pendulums in physics. By the time you've completed this chapter's lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Define SHM and its formulas
  • Explain Hooke's law and equations involving the spring constant
  • Describe kinetic and potential energy
  • Understand vertical motion, frequency and mass as related to spring-block oscillation
  • Solve equations involving pendulums in physics

These lessons are short and entertaining, and they're developed by expert instructors who understand what information is required. The quizzes at the end of every video offer a chance to practice answering test questions in this format, and they also let you assess your knowledge. If you need additional review, embedded video tags make it simple to return to the right spot in a lesson.

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: Oscillation & Simple Harmonic Motion
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.

Spring-Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion, Frequency & Mass

4. 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

5. 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.

Damped Oscillations, Forced Oscillations & Resonance

6. Damped Oscillations, Forced Oscillations & Resonance

How can you tell if the oscillations of an object like a pendulum are damped or forced? How does resonance occur in oscillating systems? In this lesson, learn the answers to these questions and more!

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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