Simple Harmonic Motion - Pendulum and Spring and Mass Systems

With Dr. Bill Stewart

Vibrations and oscillations are part of everyday life and a pendulum and a mass on a spring are excellent examples of Simple Harmonic Motion. Dr. Bill Stewart conducts experiments where the students can predict what might happen as parameters are changed and can then analyze the experimental data to draw conclusions. This class would be appropriate for elementary school students as an example of conducting an experiment to learn how things work; in physical science classes as an example of two types of motions; and in a physics classes which often do a detailed study of simple harmonic motion which includes the frequency and period of oscillations.