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Simple Harmonic Motion

Objects that vibrate or oscillate are said to have simple harmonic motion, or SHM. Name everyday objects that exhibit SHM.

When an object that is attatched to a spring (therefore having a harmonic motion), and is at rest, it is said to be at the equilibrium position. If the object is pushed or pulled, the spring will exert what type of force?


Above is the equation for the force exerted by a spring when stretched a distance x. What does variable k represent?

Four words describe characterisitcs about SHM. Define them below.

Hint: Two of them are found in the equation f=\frac{1}{T}.

For answers and an example problem, click here.

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