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Uniform Circular/SHO Motion


Uniform Circular/SHO Motion

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Clearly displays the relationship between circular motion, the motion of a simple harmonic oscillator, and the plot of a sine wave. Extensive explanatory text included.
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: May 11, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 15, 2001
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Submitter: John Walkup


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: Spanish
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Avatar for John Burger
16 years ago

John Burger (Student)

I only spent 10 minutes using this applet. It explains the basic ideas behind
SHO. I am using it as a student and have found that it is helpful and
instructive. The program was very self explanatory, but also had instructions
that were easy to follow . . . in a different language, but easy to follow
(Luckily I study Spanish).

Avatar for Luke Boyer
16 years ago

Luke Boyer (Student)

This applet is easy to use and understand. It shows the relationship of sine
waves and circular motion very well.

Avatar for Mason Cole
16 years ago

Mason Cole (Student)

I thought this web applet was fairly good at demonstrating the relationship
between spring oscillation and wave graphs. It was very clear and easy to
understand. My only real complaint is that I think you couldn't change the
variables as much as I would have like. Other than that, good job.

Avatar for jason Ting
16 years ago

jason Ting (Student)

This is a very good site to view simple harmonic motion. The applet is very easy
to use, even though it is in espanol.

Avatar for Ashley Ferra
16 years ago

Ashley Ferra (Student)

Technical Remarks:

This applet made it very clear to see how a spring has simple harmonic
oscilatory motion (SHO). The applet was very helpful in seeing the relationship
between waves and the SHO of a spring.

Avatar for Dara Clayton
16 years ago

Dara Clayton (Student)

A very nice illustration showing how circular motion, spring motion, and sine
waves are related. The applet is simple to use and understand.

Avatar for TC Kida
16 years ago

TC Kida (Student)

Basic description of the relationship between the motion of a spring and the
sine wave. It is nice to see the effects of changing variables on the circle,
the spring, and the sine wave, showing how they are related. Also, it doesn't
take forever to complete a run.

Avatar for William Atkins
16 years ago

William Atkins (Student)

Excellent demonstration of relating SHO (simple harmonic oscillation) to
periodic (sine) waves and circular motion. Also clearly demonstrates how
changing the amplitude, frequency, and/or phase of the wave function changes the
way in which the SHO system behaves.

Avatar for Jennifer Spellmeyer
16 years ago

Jennifer Spellmeyer (Student)

The fact that you could "physically" change conditions of the spring allowed for
a "hands on" experience and therefore was easy to understand. It would be
improved, however, if the applet were able to run two different situations at
the same time, making it easier to see the differences between the different
perameters put onto the system. At times it was hard to remember what the
previous situation looked like, and therefore would be helpful if we could see
them at the same time. Overall, I liked the site and found it useful.

Avatar for Michelle Pinson
16 years ago

Michelle Pinson (Student)

This applet was easy to use and helpful in understanding the relationship
between rotational motion, spring movement, and sine waves.

Avatar for Jaime Hale
16 years ago

Jaime Hale (Student)

I spent about 10 min playing around with the applet for a class
assignment(learning activity). The quality of the site was great. It helped me
understand some basic concepts more clearly. The applet was also quite simple
to use.

Avatar for Ryan Dennis
16 years ago

Ryan Dennis (Student)

A good explanation of how oscillatory motion relates to circular motion and the
sine wave.

Avatar for John Walkup
16 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

A very nice, clean demonstration of the relationship between a sine wave and circular motion. Highly recommended.