Upon displacing an objects attached to one end of a spring,
the other end being fixed, by a distance x, a restoring force
equal to kx, where k is the force constant of the spring, acts
on the body.
The force, being kx, we can write Newtons second law of
motion as a differential equation. The solution of this
differential equation gives oscillatory motion, or simple
The time to make one complete cycle is the period.
In the spring-block system, the period of oscillation
depends only on the mass of the block and the force constant of
In the spring-block system, the total mechanical energy is
the sum of the kinetic energy of the block and the elastic
energy of the spring.
The period of a pendulum depends only on the length of the
pendulum and the value of g, the acceleration due to
Simple Harmonic Motion
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This book includes a review of all the topics tested including vectors, kinematics, fluid mechanics, optics and nuclear physics. Additionally, the book includes two full length tests made complete with descriptive solutions, and quick study tables for Physics B formulas and equations.