ERIC Number: EJ1156518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Small Oscillations via Conservation of Energy
Troy, Tia; Reiner, Megan; Haugen, Andrew J.; Moore, Nathan T.
Physics Education, v52 n6 Article 065009 Nov 2017
The work describes an analogy-based small oscillations analysis of a standard static equilibrium lab problem. In addition to force analysis, a potential energy function for the system is developed, and by drawing out mathematical similarities to the simple harmonic oscillator, we are able to describe (and experimentally verify) the period of small oscillations about the static equilibrium state. The problem was developed and implemented in a standard University Physics course at Winona State University.
Descriptors: Conservation (Concept), Energy, Motion, Physics, Demonstration Programs, Science Experiments, Mathematical Applications, Generalization, Teaching Methods, College Science, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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