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Ch 9: Oscillators & Simple Harmonic Motion

About This Chapter

Boost your knowledge of oscillators and the kinetics of simple harmonic motion in physics by studying this chapter. Our engaging lessons and quizzes can be used as a comprehensive study guide as you prepare for a challenging homework assignment or a placement test.

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.

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