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Ch 2: Understanding Oscillations

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If you need to quickly study oscillations, check out this convenient online physics chapter. These fun lessons and mini quizzes can help you prepare for an exam, complete a homework assignment, bring up your grades or catch up in class.

Understanding Oscillations - Chapter Summary

Consult this series of bite-sized lessons to review the basics of oscillation. The chapter offers expert instruction on a variety of oscillation-related terms, equations and laws. You'll review concepts like Hooke's law, simple harmonic motion, pendulums and more. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define the spring constant, Hooke's law and simple harmonic motion
  • Explain simple harmonic motion in terms of kinematics, kinetic energy and potential energy
  • Describe vertical motion, frequency and mass in spring-block oscillators
  • Understand pendulum equations
  • Assess energy exchange in pendulums

Reinforce your understanding of oscillation topics by taking the interactive lesson quizzes and chapter exam. The lessons come with printable transcripts that you can use to take notes or review offline. Revisit the lessons and quizzes as many times as needed, and feel free to ask our instructors questions if they arise.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Understanding Oscillations
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Hooke's Law & the Spring Constant: Definition & Equation

1. 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 (SHM): Definition, Formulas & Examples

2. 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

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.

Pendulums in Physics: Definition & Equations

6. 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.

Pendulums in Physics: Energy Exchange & Calculations

7. Pendulums in Physics: Energy Exchange & Calculations

When a pendulum undergoes oscillatory motion, energy is being transformed between potential energy and kinetic energy. In this lesson we will discuss this energy transfer, including calculating the gravitational potential energy of the pendulum.

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