Mechanics: Simple Harmonic Motion and Non-Inertial Reference Frames
Learn how to solve and understand simple harmonic motion in this calculus-based physics class.
Learn how to solve and understand simple harmonic motion in this calculus-based physics class.
This is the fourth of a series of modules that cover calculus-based mechanics. You will first explore simple harmonic motion through springs and pendulums. Following that lesson, you learn to solve the SHM differential equation and to use the Taylor Formula for small oscillations.
Next, you will learn how to modify Newton’s second law for both linear and rotational non-inertial reference frames. In particular, you will learn about the centrifugal and Coriolis fictitious forces. You will then study applications, such dynamics in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The complete series of modules is based on the MIT subject 8.01: Physics I, required of all MIT undergraduates. The modules are:
To understand the material in this course you should have taken Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics, Mechanics: Momentum and Energy, and Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics. Linked above.