Introduction

AP® Physics

1. Basics

2. Kinematics

3. Forces & Newton's Laws

4. Torque & Rotational Dynamics

5. Centripetal Force & Orbits

6. Energy, Work & Power

7. Momentum & Collisions

8. Simple Harmonic Motion & Waves

So far we've learned about the motion of objects during a single "event", like an object being dropped, a ball shot out of a cannon, a box sliding down a ramp, etc. Those objects don't return to where they started, and the motion only happens once.

But how would we describe the motion of a person on a swing, a wave traveling through water, a vibrating guitar string, or the motion of a sound wave?

**Simple harmonic motion** is when the motion of an object repeats over and over for several cycles or oscillations.
This lesson will start with an overview of simple harmonic motion and then dive into the two most common examples:
**mass-spring systems** and **pendulums**. For each one we'll learn about the **frequency**, **period**, **amplitude**,
position, velocity, acceleration and energy of the motion.

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**Answers**

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- Simple Harmonic Motion Overview

- Professor Dave - Simple Harmonic Motion: Hooke's Law
- Flipping Physics - Comparing Simple Harmonic Motion to Circular Motion
- Khan Academy - Definition of Amplitude and Period

- Mass-Spring Systems

- Khan Academy - Period dependence for mass on spring
- Michel van Biezen - Simple Harmonic Motion Introduction
- Michel van Biezen - Exploring the Trig Equation

- Pendulums

So far we've learned about the motion of objects during a single "event", like an object being dropped, a ball shot out of a cannon, a box sliding down a ramp, etc. Those objects don't return to where they started, and the motion only happens once.

But how would we describe the motion of a person on a swing, a wave traveling through water, a vibrating guitar string, or the motion of a sound wave?

**Simple harmonic motion** is when the motion of an object repeats over and over for several cycles or oscillations.
This lesson will start with an overview of simple harmonic motion and then dive into the two most common examples:
**mass-spring systems** and **pendulums**. For each one we'll learn about the **frequency**, **period**, **amplitude**,
position, velocity, acceleration and energy of the motion.

1. Simple Harmonic Motion Overview

2. Mass-Spring Systems

3. Pendulums

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