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Students study harmonic motion and its oscillation.  In this simple harmonic motion instructional activity students demonstrate a series of regular oscillations and explain the theory behind the experiment. 
Students study the work and accomplishment of Galileo. In this physics lesson, students calculate the period of a pendulum's using a mathematical equation. They explain the different factors affecting its period.
Students explain the theory of simple harmonic motion (SHM) by performing hands-on, practical application experiments.
Students explore the theory of simple harmonic motion (SHM) by performing hands-on, practical application experiments. In this harmonic motion lesson plan, students use strings of various lengths and bobs of different weights to create a pendulum, metronome and diving board.
Students solve problems involving graphs. In this calculus lesson, students relate harmonic motion to velocity. They discuss the derivative and the effect on the functions created.
In this oscillations worksheet, students complete 50 multiple choice questions on forces, motion, periodic motion and simple harmonic motion.
In this simple harmonic motion worksheet, students are given a diagram of a harmonic oscillator and they answer 9 questions about the oscillator's velocity, acceleration, amplitude and they write the functions of each of these measurements.
Students graph the motion of a mass moving back and forth on a spring, in parametric mode. They graph the position, velocity, and acceleration of the object in contrast to time graphs. Students compare speed and analyze it in terms of the magnitude of velocity on various time intervals.
Physicists become Olympians in a competition using centripetal force. They ride a bicycle to comprehend relationships between linear and rotational motion. If you have an old-fashioned record player, it can be used to help pupils describe rotation and revolution. Classic pendulums and a classroom bowling ball pendulum are incorporated to help learners make connections. This activity-filled unit explores circular motion from every aspect, and the lesson write-up covers the details from every aspect as well!
Students construct graphs using motion detectors.  In this graph construction using motion detectors instructional activity, students construct various graphs by walking towards and away from the motion detector.  Students create quadratic, linear, piecewise, and constant graphs.
In this harmonic motion learning exercise, students determine the properties of simple harmonic oscillators and identify the equations for calculating velocity and acceleration of simple harmonic oscillators. This learning exercise has 6 problems to solve.
Young scholars investigate mechanics and harmonic motion. In this physics lesson, students work in groups coming up with ideas, then try to sell those ideas to another group. They work together to come up with solutions to problems.
Although this was written to accompany a specific textbook, the information can illustrate wave motion for any advanced level physics course. The slides are simple, use plain but colorful fonts, and include diagrams and pictures to enhance learning.
Students experiment with simple pendulums to determine the validity of an equation for all angles. Students discover the usefulnes and limitations of approximations in science. Using spreadhseets and a java applet, students observe the effects of changing the length of the pendulum.
In this pendulum instructional activity, students review the equations associated with the movement of a simple pendulum including angular velocity and angular frequency. Students complete 6 problems.
Pendulums are simple, yet engaging demonstrations of harmonic motion. Dr. Carlson uses a very large example of a pendulum: a bowling ball on a string hanging from the ceiling! Learn from Dr. Carlson how you can teach about the strength of centripetal force and pendulums, then have young physicists work with pendulums in the laboratory themselves.
In this physics review worksheet, students review vocabulary words associated with speed, acceleration, Newton's Laws and simple machines, work and energy, magnetism, electricity, and harmonic motion and light. This worksheet has 92 matching questions.
In this pendulum worksheet, students use angular equations to make small angle approximations. Students determine the frequency of small oscillations and the period of oscillation. This worksheet has 6 problems to solve.
In this harmonic oscillation activity, students calculate the frequency of oscillation, phase, amplitude, position, velocity, and acceleration in 5 word problems.
Students solve and graph trigonometric equations, stating the amplitude, period and vertical shift. In this trigonometric equations lesson, students solve and graph one problem using algebraic reasoning, the 2nd through 6th  problems allow  a technological solution.  Students summarize the characteristics of a table (shown on the worksheet). They solve one Application problem (guided questioning is used).

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