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This student activity uses a Java applet to show the relationship between simple harmonic motion and constant velocity circular motion. The applet features three parts: 1) A particle undergoing circular motion at a constant rate; 2) The same particle on a vertical spring; and 3) A graph that plots the time evolution of the system, resulting in a sine wave.

Editor's Note:  This resource is especially appropriate for high school physics, as it contains step-by-step instructions and a question set designed to probe student understanding.  It gives the beginning student a highly visual pathway to see how the acceleration vectors of the two particles are related, which will be beneficial when they learn to calculate angular frequency.

This is part of a larger collection of applet-based learning activities.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Rotational Dynamics
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Hooke's Law
= Simple Harmonic Motion
= Springs and Oscillators
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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Keywords:
circular motion, hooke's law, rotational kinematics, shm, simple harmonic motion, spring force, springs, waves
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created November 23, 2008 by Alea Smith
Record Updated:
March 8, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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October 21, 2007
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### Harmonic Oscillator

Author: Dileep Sathe
Posted: May 12, 2009 at 5:22AM
Source: The PSRC collection

People interested in the above topic may find my following Letters to the Editor of Physics Education / UK / March 2001, p. 168, Force on a pendulum and Physics Education / UK / March 2003, p. 177, A problem in SHM. Contact me, if necessary, on +91=020=65100495  or dvsathe[at]gmail.com

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J. Walkup, (2003), WWW Document, (http://www.nhn.ou.edu/walkup/demonstrations/WebAssignments/HarmonicMotion001.htm).
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J. Walkup, Web Assignments: Harmonic Oscillator I, (2003), <http://www.nhn.ou.edu/walkup/demonstrations/WebAssignments/HarmonicMotion001.htm>.
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Walkup, J. (2007, October 21). Web Assignments: Harmonic Oscillator I. Retrieved July 20, 2017, from http://www.nhn.ou.edu/walkup/demonstrations/WebAssignments/HarmonicMotion001.htm
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Walkup, John. Web Assignments: Harmonic Oscillator I. October 21, 2007. http://www.nhn.ou.edu/walkup/demonstrations/WebAssignments/HarmonicMotion001.htm (accessed 20 July 2017).
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Walkup, John. Web Assignments: Harmonic Oscillator I. 2003. 21 Oct. 2007. 20 July 2017 <http://www.nhn.ou.edu/walkup/demonstrations/WebAssignments/HarmonicMotion001.htm>.
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