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Simple Harmonic Motion

Simple Harmonic Motion Overview

Practice Problems
SHM Overview
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Before diving into any complicated equations and concepts, it is important to first define key words that will be used throughout this site:

Oscillatory motion: repetitive back-and-forth movement about an equilibrium position (ex. a swinging motion, vibrations)
Oscillator: systems or objects that undergo oscillatory motion (ex. a pendulum)
Sinusoidal Oscillation: a property of simple harmonic motion that describes it as continuous, periodic movement

Because SHM is based on trigonometric functions, it is important to have a basic understanding of sine and cosine functions also.

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