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Ch 9: Oscillations in Physics

About This Chapter

Get a solid grasp of the dynamics, qualities, and types of oscillations in physics as you watch the video lessons in this chapter. Use the self-correcting quizzes and chapter test to measure your understanding of key concepts.

Oscillations in Physics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Explore the basic principles of oscillations and different mathematical models for describing the motion of oscillating objects with our expert physics instructors. These lessons can help you understand the oscillation-related material covered in a high school physics class, using entertaining videos and common examples to make the learning applicable to daily life. Be sure to complete the self-assessments to see how well you are doing. Having trouble understanding a certain concept? Ask our instructors for a little help. Here we discuss concepts related to:

  • Simple harmonic motion
  • The spring constant and Hooke's law
  • Kinetic and potential energy
  • Spring-block oscillators
  • Pendulums

Video Objective
Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples Learn to measure velocity, acceleration, and time displacement of oscillating objects.
Hooke's Law & the Spring Constant: Definition & Equation Study elasticity and the spring constant, and learn how to use Hooke's law to measure the force needed to elongate or compress a spring.
Simple Harmonic Motion: Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy Examine kinetic and potential energy in an oscillating object using the SHM equation and the law of conservation of energy.
The Kinematics of Simple Harmonic Motion Review the definition of kinematics and work through examples applying the SHM equations discussed in the first video.
Spring-Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion, Frequency, and Mass Learn to use the oscillator's physical properties to describe the nature of its oscillation.
The Sinusoidal Description of Simple Harmonic Motion Explore the mathematical concepts of sines and cosines to SHM.
Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations Review how the motion of pendulums is described in equations.

7 Lessons in Chapter 9: Oscillations in Physics
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.

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