PH 212


  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Energy
  • Dynamics
  • Fixed axis
  • Vertical oscillations
  • Pendulum
  • Damping
  • Driven oscillations
  • Resonance

Simple harmonic motion

An undamped mass oscillating on a spring produces a sine wave.

A rotating object can also be considered a simple harmonic oscillator. Its projection produces a sine wave.

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The phase constant provides initial conditions for the oscillation, when t = 0.