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Simple Harmonic Motion

Test Your Knowledge

To calculate your current grade in this subject area, give yourself a confidence score for how well you think you would answer each of the questions below in an exam situation.

These are not the type of questions you would typically find in a physics exam. They are designed to remind you which topics you need to revise.

For scoring, 4= Very confident, 0= No Idea. If a question is not on your syllabus, click N/A and you will not be graded on it.

Can you...

...define simple harmonic motion?

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...define period?

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...define frequency?

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...define amplitude?

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...define angular velocity?

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...confidently perform calculations involving radians?

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...confidently convert between degrees and radians?

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...explain the relationship between shm and circular motion?

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...sketch a displacement-time graph, velocity-time graph and acceleration-time graph for shm on the same axis?

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...sketch an acceleration-displacement graph (Hint: it is a straight line)?

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...derive the formula for the period of a simple pendulum?

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...derive the formula for the period of a mass on a spring?

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...explain what "small angle approximations" are and how they are used in shm calculations?

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...explain the relationship between PE and KE in shm?

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...draw a graph showing PE, KE and total energy in shm?

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...define natural frequency?

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...define resonance?

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...explain how resonance can be useful in certain situations?

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...explain how resonance can cause problems in certain situations?

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...explain what critical damping is?

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...draw graphs showing the differences between light, heavy and critical damping?

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...describe how the resonance curve changes depending on the intensity of the damping?

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