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ERIC Number: EJ1007706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Mechanical Parametric Oscillations and Waves
Dittrich, William; Minkin, Leonid; Shapovalov, Alexander S.
Physics Teacher, v51 n3 p163-165 Mar 2013
Usually parametric oscillations are not the topic of general physics courses. Probably it is because the mathematical theory of this phenomenon is relatively complicated, and until quite recently laboratory experiments for students were difficult to implement. However parametric oscillations are good illustrations of the laws of physics and can be explained qualitatively; by using PASCO equipment, quantitative laboratory experiments can be designed rather easily. Below the following experiments are described: parametric oscillations of a simple pendulum, a vertical spring-mass system, and a stretched string. (Contains 1 table and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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