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Oscillations

Introduction

There are many forms of oscillations. A string on a guitar, a vibrating tuning fork, and a monkey swinging on a vine are examples. Regardless of whether an oscillation is simple or complex, the motion can be described using a sine function or a combination of sine functions. Moreover, since sine functions are related to the components of position of a point moving in a circular path, there are close connections between circular motion and oscillations.

Objectives

In this activity, you will

  • Explore these connections using a video of three oscillating systems: a pendulum, a mass on a spring, and a dot on a rotating disk.

Software for Experiment

This experiment uses Logger Pro software for video analysis. The video for analysis is included with the lab book.

Standards Correlations

No standards correlations for this experiment.

Experiment 18 from Physics with Video Analysis Lab Book

<em>Physics with Video Analysis</em> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

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