• Harmonic Motion and Waves

    Learning Targets:

    1. State Hooke’s force law for springs
    2. State how Hooke’s force law leads to simple harmonic motion
    3. Use Hooke’s law to solve spring problems
    4. Use the work-energy theorem and elastic potential energy to solve spring problems
    5. Describe the relationship between simple harmonic motion and circular motion
    6. Define and apply the concepts of frequency; period; and angular frequency to a spring harmonic oscillator
    7. Describe and apply the position, velocity, and acceleration of simple harmonic oscillators as a function of time
    8. Define a pendulum and under what conditions it approximates simple harmonic motion
    9. Describe and apply the angular frequency, frequency, and period for a simple pendulum
    10. Generalize the pendulum to pendulums of arbitrary shape and size
    11. Describe the concept of a wave Contrast longitudinal and transverse waves
    12. Describe the physical meaning of wavelength
    13. Relate wave speed to a frequency and wavelength
    14. Relate the dependence of the speed of a wave created on a string with the string’s linear mass density and string tension
    15. State the principle of superposition
    16. Describe the phenomena of constructive and destructive interference of two waves using the principle of superposition


    1. Simple Harmonic Motion
    2. Properties of Waves
    3. Wave Interference


    1. Hooke's Law Worksheet
    2. Pendulum Worksheet
    3. Properties of Waves Worksheet
    4. Wave Interference Worksheet


    1. Hooke's Law Lab
    2. Pendulum Lab
    3. Wave Lab
    4. Wave Interference Lab