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written by Franz-Josef Elmer
This site contains a combination of interactive simulations and lecture notes on harmonic oscillators, resonance, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos.  The simulations were designed to be adaptable to both algebra-based and calculus-based physics students, while the lectures target the calculus-based classroom.  Users can change variables such as the length of the pendulum, damping, amplitude, and frequency and view the result of the changes.  Help for users is available with a single click.  The lecture page offers four detailed chapters that explain the physics and calculus-based mathematics behind the pendulum simulations.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
Mathematical Tools
- Calculus
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Pendula
= Physical Pendula
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Lecture/Presentation
= Tutorial
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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© 1998 Franz-Josef Elmer
damped pendulum, fractals, harmonic oscillator, nonlinear dynamics, parametric resonance, undamped pendulum
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