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Ch 11: Overview of Oscillations in Physics

About This Chapter

Work through this series of physics lesson to review topics related to oscillations. The chapter's engaging lessons and practice quizzes can help anyone who needs to bring up their grades, get ahead in physics class, prepare for exams and complete homework assignments.

Overview of Oscillations in Physics - Chapter Summary

This self-paced chapter provides a high-level overview of oscillations in physics. Taught by expert physics instructors, the chapter explores topics such as Hooke's law and simple harmonic motion in an easy-to-understand and engaging manner. You'll also find self-assessment quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam to supplement your studying experience. For your convenience, these study tools are available to access at any time of day or night. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain Hooke's law and the spring constant equation
  • Describe the features of simple harmonic motion
  • Solve simple harmonic motion problems using kinematics and energy equations
  • The Kinematics of Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Apply an equation for a spring-block oscillator
  • Understand what a pendulum is

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Overview of Oscillations in Physics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Restoring Forces & Oscillation: Definition & Examples

1. Restoring Forces & Oscillation: Definition & Examples

Restoring forces are what makes systems oscillate. In this lesson, we will investigate how restoring forces are involved in the motion of masses attached to springs and simple pendulums.

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.

Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples

3. 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.

Elastic Potential Energy: Definition, Formula & Examples

4. Elastic Potential Energy: Definition, Formula & Examples

Discover what elastic potential energy is and the types of objects that can have it. Then learn how we find the formula for elastic potential energy using a spring.

Practice Applying Spring Constant Formulas

5. Practice Applying Spring Constant Formulas

In this lesson, you'll have the chance to practice using the spring constant formula. The lesson includes four problems of medium difficulty involving a variety of real-life applications.

Spring-Block Oscillator: Vertical Motion, Frequency & Mass

6. 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

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.

Practice Applying Simple Harmonic Motion Formulas

8. Practice Applying Simple Harmonic Motion Formulas

The simple harmonic motion formulas can be used to determine the kinetic and potential energies, period, and maximum velocity of a spring in motion. In this lesson, we'll look at some examples of these formulas at work.

Chapter Practice Exam
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