PHY138: Physics for the Life Sciences

Department of Physics, University of Toronto

Jason Harlow
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Waves Section, Lecture 1: Oscillations, Simple Harmonic Motion

Chapter 14: Oscillations.

       Section 14.1: Simple Harmonic Motion (S.H.M.)

       Section 14.2: SHM and Circular Motion

  • Section 14.3: Energy in S.H.M.


Side-screen Slides

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Powerpoint Format (.ppt)

PDF Format


Central Screen tablet notes

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Flash Animation Showing how SHM relates to circular motion


Another quick flash animation showing SHM in two different physical situations


White & Nerdy video by Weird Al - do you recognize the equation Al dances in front of during the last half of the video? It’s a wave equation! Actually it’s the Scrodinger equation, which you’ll find in Chapter 40 of Knight (not covered in this course… L)


Excel Spreadsheet I showed in class for mass on a spring – fun to download and play around with it!