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Oscillators & Simple Harmonic Motion - Chapter Summary
Our instructors present the definition of simple harmonic motion and explain what a spring-block oscillator does in relation to frequency, mass and vertical motion. How pendulums are used in physics and the equations associated them are also introduced. You will learn about compound pendulums and the difference between damped and forced oscillations and resonance. Once you have reviewed these lessons, you should be able to:
- Explain what simple harmonic motion is
- Understand how a spring-block oscillator equation works
- Define what a pendulum is and how it works
- Use compound pendulum equations correctly
- Differentiate between forced oscillations, damped oscillations and resonance
Use our lesson quizzes and chapter test to see how well you understand the subject matter discussed in the lessons. Use the video tabs feature in the Timeline to skip directly to a specific section in any video. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our instructors for help. These study materials are available to you any time of the day or night, seven days a week.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
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