Unusual cases of oscillation


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Titre Unusual cases of oscillation
Description This calculus-based activity demonstrates that motion on a parabolic potential is simple harmonic motion (in this case in the x-direction... while not in the y-direction). I use it to help solidify the argument that circular pendulum motion is SHM only in small amplitude... but that small amplitude is not required for SHM. All that is required for SHM is Hooke's law dependence. It also helps students understand that motion on a pendulum is not a function of mass, but is a function of the surface gravitational acceleration (when students play with these variables in the sim... which they frequently do as they derive equations for period, etc.). At the end, I also include a bit about the relation of circular motion to harmonic motion (using the ladybug revolution sim)... but this part is easily cut. Solutions are available via email request.
Durée 60 minutes
Réponses incluses Non
Langue Anglais
Mots clés Hooke's law, calculus, simple harmonic motion, simple harmonic oscillation
Simulation(s) Skate parc de l'énergie


Auteur(s) Debra Krause Dandaneau
Email de contact debra.krause@gmail.com
Ecole / Organisation University of Tennessee
Date de soumission 10/06/09
Date de mise à jour 10/06/09