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Oscillation and Wave


Oscillation and Wave

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Graphically illustrates harmonic oscillation with a mass attached to a spring.
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Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: July 09, 1997
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 16, 2010


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Nealsen Pe Benito
6 years ago

Nealsen Pe Benito (Student)

The program includes time plots, number variables, and situations it aides you with. Its a very complex but good applet. It helps you understand the reasons of the motions by providing you the ability to manipulate which helps you understand the concepts involved. It assists you with everything you require and anything you can possibly need practically so I don't see any flaws in the applet or limitations.

Avatar for Luke Boyer
16 years ago

Luke Boyer (Student)

This applet lets the user design his own situation by changing variables. The
applet also shows the effects of damping and external forces on a spring very
well. It is an all-around good applet that I highly recommend.

Avatar for Mason Cole
16 years ago

Mason Cole (Student)

Excellent applet on spring oscillation. I was very impressed with thenumber of
variables and situations, and the time plot was especially interesting.
Excellent applet!

Avatar for John Burger
16 years ago

John Burger (Student)

Very good applet to create an understanding of the reasons for the motion. I
liked the draging affect of the mass especially. The ability to manipulate the
situation aided in the understanding of the concepts involved.

Avatar for Kara Morgan
16 years ago

Kara Morgan (Student)

This applet is sort of complicated but very sufficient in representing

Avatar for jason Ting
16 years ago

jason Ting (Student)

This applet is very explanatory as it includes many equations to assist the
user. All types of dampening can be viewed and learned about simply by changing
the variables.

Avatar for Jennifer Spellmeyer
16 years ago

Jennifer Spellmeyer (Student)

This applet was good because of the movement of the spring in the motion and the
marked trail it left. This enables you to see the motion of the ball
throughout its course instead of having to remember what it just did. I like
this one because of its understandability.

Avatar for Dara Clayton
16 years ago

Dara Clayton (Student)

This applet is a very useful look at the relationship between oscillation and
wave. At first, I did not know what the box on the far right was suppose to
show me, but after working with the applet for a while it was fairly simple to
figure out that it was the time at that point and the height above the x-axis.

Avatar for Ashley Ferra
16 years ago

Ashley Ferra (Student)

Technical Remarks:

This applet was helpful in learning SHO. I was not intimidated by the applet,
the instructions were very straightforward and it was very easy to manipulate
the applet to get the output I was looking for.

Avatar for TC Kida
16 years ago

TC Kida (Student)

This applet gives a nice depiction of the effects of damping and external forces
on a spring. Lots of freedom with the variables and the initial position of the

Technical Remarks:

Nice reset option if you do not want to wait for the applet to run to the end.

Avatar for Jaime Hale
16 years ago

Jaime Hale (Student)

I used this for a learning activity, and it help me understand the SHO
relationships. The applet is simple but very helpful.

Avatar for William Atkins
16 years ago

William Atkins (Student)

This applet does a good job of showing how changing individual variables in a
system involving simple harmonic oscillation (SHO) causes the system to behave.
Also relates SHO to periodic (sine) waves and allows users to build custom SHO

Avatar for Ryan Dennis
16 years ago

Ryan Dennis (Student)

Nice simple physical representation of harmonic oscillation

Avatar for John Walkup
16 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

The ability to let the user pull down on the mass AND make the system sweep across the screen is a plus. This applet could be used in an assignment real easily.