Springs and Simple Harmonic Motion
Added by R D Gavin on Dec 15, 2008
This model is of a ball oscillating vertically on the end of a spring, without friction. A graph of the y-acceleration against y-displacement is plotted, to see that the acceleration of the spring is proportional to its displacement from its rest position, and thus exhibits simple harmonic motion.
This item teaches:
- about the mass-spring system
- the equation for the conditions for simple harmonic motion:a = -(2Πf)2x
- about graphical representations of simple harmonic motion
- the relationship between acceleration and displacement in simple harmonic motion
- about the features of simple harmonic motion
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