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written by Erik Neumann
This simulation displays the motion of a simple harmonic oscillator. The user can adjust the physical parameters in the problem including mass, spring stiffness, and damping. Graphs can be plotted relating any two dynamical quantities: position, velocity, acceleration, energy (potential, kinetic, and total), and the work done by damping. Bar graphs showing the energy are displayed in a separate area. The web page also gives and outline of the physics, the mathematical models used, and the numerical methods for the simulation.

This is one of a group of simulations of classical systems.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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© 2004 Erik Neumann
Source code is available.
Equations of motion, Runge-Kutta, damping, oscillation, spring
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November 26, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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