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Simple harmonic motion

Oscillations with a particular pattern of speeds and accelerations occur commonly in nature and in human artefacts. They also happen in musical instruments making very pure musical notes, and so they are called 'simple harmonic motion', or S.H.M. 
These experiments are suitable for students at an advanced level of study. For introductory and intermediate levels, see the related collection Oscillations. 

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An introduction to simple harmonic motion

Examples of simple harmonic motion

The velocity of a very long pendulum

Investigating a mass-on-spring oscillator

Datalogging S.H.M. of a mass on a spring

S.H.M. with a cantilever

S.H.M. and circular motion

Broomstick pendulum, sinusoidal motion

S.H.M. on a rope

Musical frequencies shown on a C.R.O.

Vibrating tuning fork and rotating mirror

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Straight line graphs

Simple pendulum experiments