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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.  The activity is accompanied by a question set designed to probe student understanding. It may be performed independently as a homework assignment.

This is part of a larger collection of applet-based learning activities and homework assignments, designed to give student interactive support in understanding physics concepts.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Rotational Dynamics
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Hooke's Law
= Simple Harmonic Motion
= Springs and Oscillators
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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- application/java
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© 2003 John Walkup
circular motion, hooke's law, rotational kinematics, shm, simple harmonic motion, spring force, springs, waves
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Metadata instance created November 23, 2008 by Alea Smith
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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]

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