8.03SC | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate

Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

Part I: Mechanical Vibrations and Waves

Lecture 1: Periodic Oscillations, Harmonic Oscillators

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Lecture Topics

  • Periodic motion
  • Simple harmonic oscillators
  • Hooke’s Law

Lecture Video: Periodic Oscillations, Harmonic Oscillators

In this lecture, Prof. Lee discusses the mathematical description of the periodic oscillation and simple harmonic oscillators. The first 5 minutes are devoted to course information.

Lecture Notes

Typed Notes for Lecture 1 (PDF)

Handwritten Notes for Lecture 1 (PDF - 2.2MB)

Textbook Reading

Chapter 1: Harmonic Oscillation (PDF - 1.4MB)

Problem Set

Problem Set 1 (PDF)

Problem Solving Help Video*

Simple Harmonic Motion and Introduction to Problem Solving

In-class Demonstrations

Air Cart Between Springs
Mass on a Spring
Two Pendulums with Different Amplitudes

* Note: This Problem Solving Help video was originally produced as part of a physics course that is no longer available on OCW.

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Course Info

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Fall 2016
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Problem Sets
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