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|For advanced undergraduate students: Observe resonance in a collection of driven, damped harmonic oscillators. Vary the driving frequency and amplitude, the damping constant, and the mass and spring constant of each resonator. Notice the long-lived transients when damping is small, and observe the phase change for resonators above and below resonance.|
- Harmonic Motion
Sample Learning Goals
- Explain the conditions required for resonance.
- Identify/explain the variables that affect the natural frequency of a mass-spring system.
- Explain the distinction between the driving frequency and natural frequency of a resonator.
- Explain the distinction between transient and steady-state behavior in a driven system.
- Identify which variables affect the duration of the transient behavior.
- Recognize the phase relationship between the driving frequency and the natural frequency, especially how the phase is different above and below resonance.
- Give examples the application of real-world systems to which the understanding of resonance should be applied and explain why.
Tips for Teachers
The teacher's guide (pdf) contains tips created by the PhET team.
|Simulation compatibility by Device||Oliver Nix||Other||Other||7/21/14|
|Resonance: Upper-division college||Mike Dubson, Trish Loeblein||UG-Adv||CQs||8/8/11|
|Resonance-Introduction to Natural Frequency||Trish Loeblein, Mike Dubson||UG-Intro
|Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||UG-Intro
|Wave unit (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||HS
|Wave clicker questions (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||UG-Intro
|Moteur en PhET||Bernard Lacour||Other||Lab||7/5/13|
|Waves and sound(in dutch golven en trillingen)||Corné de Boer||HS||Demo||4/11/12|
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