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written by Michael C. Wittmann and Bradley S. Ambrose
supported by the National Science Foundation
This set of tutorial materials covers the topic of simple harmonic motion. Students examine qualitatively and quantitatively the motion of a simple harmonic oscillator, as exemplified by a mass attached to an ideal spring. There are two tutorials, one using motion graphs and one using vectors, to describe the motion. Students analyze and solve the differential equations of motion to develop an understanding of the physical parameters in the problem. This material also includes a pretest, example homework, and test questions.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Simple Harmonic Motion
= Springs and Oscillators
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Unit of Instruction
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- Curriculum / Student Activity
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NSF Numbers:
0441426
0442388
Keywords:
harmonic oscillator, motion graph
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Metadata instance created March 31, 2009 by Bruce Mason
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May 16, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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M. Wittmann and B. Ambrose, (2005), WWW Document, (http://faculty.gvsu.edu/ambroseb/research/IMT-Osc1SHM%26NHM.html#Simple).
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M. Wittmann and B. Ambrose, Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials: Simple Harmonic Motion (2005), <http://faculty.gvsu.edu/ambroseb/research/IMT-Osc1SHM%26NHM.html#Simple>.
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Wittmann, M., & Ambrose, B. (2007, July 1). Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials: Simple Harmonic Motion. Retrieved August 23, 2014, from http://faculty.gvsu.edu/ambroseb/research/IMT-Osc1SHM%26NHM.html#Simple
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Wittmann, Michael, and Bradley S. Ambrose. Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials: Simple Harmonic Motion. July 1, 2007. http://faculty.gvsu.edu/ambroseb/research/IMT-Osc1SHM%26NHM.html#Simple (accessed 23 August 2014).
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Wittmann, Michael, and Bradley S. Ambrose. Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials: Simple Harmonic Motion. 2005. 1 July 2007. National Science Foundation. 23 Aug. 2014 <http://faculty.gvsu.edu/ambroseb/research/IMT-Osc1SHM%26NHM.html#Simple>.
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