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This resource is an animation-based tutorial for introductory physics on the topics of amplitude, frequency, period and phase, angular frequency, and wave velocity.  It was developed to promote understanding of the basic mathematics associated with simple harmonic motion, focusing on trigonometric functions that will serve as a foundation for future studies.   As students proceed through a self-paced set of multiple-choice questions, immediate feedback is provided.  A comprehensive self-test can be found at the end.  Being self-contained, this resource could appropriately be assigned as homework.

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This resource is part of a larger set of interactive physics tutorials created by the University of Ontario-Guelph.  See Related Materials for a link to the full collection.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Pendula
- Wave Motion
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
- Assessment Material
= Test
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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Metadata instance created August 11, 2004 by Cathy Ezrailson
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August 19, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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(University of Guelph Department of Physics, Guelph, 2004), WWW Document, (http://www3.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/shm/Q.shm.html).
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Guelph Physics Tutorials: Simple Harmonic Motion (University of Guelph Department of Physics, Guelph, 2004), <http://www3.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/shm/Q.shm.html>.
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Guelph Physics Tutorials: Simple Harmonic Motion. (2004). Retrieved July 15, 2024, from University of Guelph Department of Physics: http://www3.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/shm/Q.shm.html
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University of Guelph Department of Physics. Guelph Physics Tutorials: Simple Harmonic Motion. Guelph: University of Guelph Department of Physics, 2004. http://www3.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/shm/Q.shm.html (accessed 15 July 2024).
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Guelph Physics Tutorials: Simple Harmonic Motion. Guelph: University of Guelph Department of Physics, 2004. 15 July 2024 <http://www3.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/shm/Q.shm.html>.
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