Mechanics: Simple Harmonic Motion

There are six ready-to-use problem sets on the topic of Simple Harmonic Motion. Most problems are multi-part problems requiring an extensive analysis. The problems target your ability to use of simple harmonic motion equations combined with force relationships to solve problems involving cyclical motion and springs

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Problem Set SHM1: Analysis of a Horizontal Mass-Spring System
Analyze a horizontal mass-spring system to determine values of frequency, period, maximum KE and PE, and the instantaneous values of parameters such as velocity, acceleration, force, and energy. Includes 4 multi-part problems.
Problem Set SHM2: Mass on a Horizontal Spring and Proportional Reasoning
Use proportional reasoning skills to analyze the motion of a mass on a horizontal spring to predict the effect that changes in mass, amplitude, and spring constant would have upon the subsequent motion. Includes 7 multi-part problems.
Problem Set SHM3: Analyzing Position-, Velocity-, and Acceleration-Time Graphs
Relate the position, velocity, acceleration, and time values for a mass vibrating on a horizontal spring. Includes 3 multi-part problems.
Problem Set SHM4: Analysis of a Vertical Spring System
Analyze a vertical spring system to determine a variety of values, including frequencies, periods, energies (kinetic and potential), accelerations, forces, positions, velocities, and accelerations. Includes 4 multi-part problems.
Problem Set SHM5: Springs in Combination
Analyze a spring-mass system consisting of a combination of two or more springs attached to an object with either a side-by-side configuration or an end-to-end configuration. Includes 6 multi-part problems.
Problem Set SHM6: Oscillating Spring-Mass System Applications
Apply an understanding of spring concepts to analyze a collection of complex spring-mass scenarios. Includes 4 multi-part problems.


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