Harmonic Oscillator
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Harmonic Oscillator


Harmonic Oscillator

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The "Harmonic Oscillator" applet can be used to visualize the solution to the second-order differential equation for a harmonic oscillator. The user can vary m, b, k, y0 (the initial position), and v0 (the initial velocity). When the parameters and initial conditions are changed, the applet plots the position of the mass as a function of time. Furthermore, the applet classifies the behavior and period of the motion (when the period exists), and it also determines the eigenvalues.
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
Date Added to MERLOT: May 16, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 04, 2011
Keywords: second order, exercises, harmonic oscillator, differential equations, java applet


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, Graduate School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: web browser
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Rebecca Jungman
11 years ago

Rebecca Jungman (Student)

I spent some time browsing this site and using the applet. There is a nice
derivation of the equation that models the harmonic oscillator. The applet
itself is very easy to use and accurately portrays the motion of the harmonic
oscillator under different conditions. I think this could be used in the
classroom to effectivley and clearly demonstrate the motion of the harmonic
Used in course