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Boston University Physics: Connection between Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion Model Documents

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Connection between Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion 

written by Andrew Duffy

The Connection between Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion Model shows the the connection between uniform circular motion and simple harmonic motion.  This connection is one way to justify the basic equation of motion for an object experiencing simple harmonic motion.  This equation also corresponds to one dimension of uniform circular motion.  In this simulation, we even go beyond the equation above a little, and explore the phase angle.

The Connection between Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double clicking the ejs_bu_reference_circle.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

Last Modified May 24, 2013

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Connection between Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion Source Code 

The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Connection between Circular and Simple Harmonic Motion model.   Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model using EJS.

Published April 27, 2010
Last Modified May 2, 2010

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