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8.01.4x

Mechanics: Simple Harmonic Motion

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About This Course

This is the fourth of a series of modules that cover calculus-based mechanics. You will explore simple harmonic motion through springs and pendulums. This short course will culminate in the ability to use the Taylor Formula to approximate a variety of other situations as simple harmonic motion.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the behavior of systems undergoing simple harmonic motion
  • Learn how to approximate small oscillations
  • Format of This Course

    This course includes lectures and exercises.

    Recommended Prerequisites

    Calculus, Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics, Mechanics: Momentum and Energy, Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics (see Related Content below)

    License Type

    This course may contain material that is © third parties. Unless otherwise indicated, all content is © All Rights Reserved by the course instructor(s).

    Instructors

    Peter Dourmashkin

    Senior Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology



    Deepto Charkrabarty

    Professor, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology



    Michelle Tomasik

    Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology



    Analia Barrantes

    Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology



    Aidan MacDonagh

    Professor, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    1. Course Number:

      8.01.4x
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    4. Estimated Effort:

      12 hours per week
    5. Length:

      4 weeks
    6. Year Created:

      2019
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