Simple Harmonic Motion
This program investigates the not-so-simple motion known as simple harmonic motion.It uses a ball fixed to a finger by a piece of elastic. The ball moves out until it is stopped by the elastic and then comes flying back to the centre and on to the other side. The motion then continues miraculously free from friction and the pull of gravity. Investigations using the program will help to clarify ..how acceleration changes with distance...how velocity changes with distance...how maximum acceleration can occur when the velocity is zero...how maximum velocity can occur when acceleration is zero...how strength of the elastic affects the period of the motion...how the mass of the ball affects the period of the motion.
Graphs can be plotted of the variables, and conclusions agreed or disagreed with.A specially written help file is built in with instructions, suggestions for experiments, theory, definitions and equations.
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