Lecture 17 - Simple Harmonic Motion

author: Ramamurti Shankar, Department of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: June 3, 2010,   recorded: November 2006,   views: 5240
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The focus of the lecture is simple harmonic motion. Professor Shankar gives several examples of physical systems, such as a mass M attached to a spring, and explains what happens when such systems are disturbed. Amplitude, frequency and period of simple harmonic motion are also defined in the course of the lecture. Several problems are solved in order to demonstrate various cases of oscillation.

Reading assignment:

Wolfson and Pasachoff, Physics with Modern Physics, chapter 15.

Resources: Problem Set 8 [PDF] Problem Set 8 Solutions [PDF] Oscillator Notes [PDF]

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Comment1 Karan, June 9, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.:

There are 3 things I have to say,

1. I am an non-medical sciences student from India who you can call one of the brightest in the class (haha!), well really, AND THIS WAS A DAMN GOOD LECTURE.

2.I can feel the pain sir(that's what we call professors
here) is going through in order to put that american accent. I don't think that's required. Students that study physics should be capable of understanding a bit diff. accent.

3. MY F***ING GOD! I really love the classroom's ambiance,infrastructure, beauty and the silence in there. I bet I could sit all day in that kind of environment and study.

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