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Simple Harmonic Motion and Uniform Circular Motion

Simple Harmonic Motion and Uniform Circular Motion

The uniform circular motion is intimately related to a simple harmonic motion. If we were to look at a side view of the uniform circular motion on a thumbtack stuck on a rotating table, we would see the thumbtack oscillate in simple harmonic motion. This java applet let you view their relation graphically.


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John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
18 years ago
Simple, yet informative demo. While similar demos are common, instructors will find this to be a useful tool for demonstrating simple harmonic motion.

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Applet worked fine.