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Simple Harmonic Motion

Objective

Investigate simple harmonic motion using an oscillating spring and a simple pendulum.

Theory

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Reference

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Young & Freedman, University Physics (14 ed.), Pearson, 2016 14.2 Simple Harmonic Motion (p.459~466) 14.4 Applications of SHM – Vertical SHM (p.470~471) 14.5 The Simple Pendulum (p.474~475) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Periodic motion or oscillation refers to any movement of an object that is repeated in a given length of time. Fig. 1 shows one of the simplest systems that can have periodic motion.

Whenever the body is displaced from its equilibrium position, the spring force tends to restore it to the equilibrium position. We call a force with this character a restoring force. Oscillation can occur only when there is a restoring force tending to return the system to equilibrium.

If the spring is an ideal one that obeys Hooke’s law, the restoring force 𝐹𝐹𝑥𝑥 is directly proportional to the displacement from equilibrium 𝑥𝑥. The constant of proportionality between 𝐹𝐹𝑥𝑥 and 𝑥𝑥 is the spring constant 𝑘𝑘. Then, 𝐹𝐹𝑥𝑥 = −𝑘𝑘𝑘𝑘 Lab Office (Int’l Campus)

(1)

Fig. 1

Model for periodic motion. When the body is displaced from its equilibrium position at 𝑥𝑥 = 0, the spring exerts a restoring force back toward the equilibrium position.

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When the restoring force is directly proportional to the dis-

If we use a hanging spring and a body is set in vertical mo-

placement from equilibrium, as given by Eq. (1), the oscilla-

tion, it also oscillates in SHM with the same angular frequen-

tion is called simple harmonic motion, abbreviated SHM.

cy as though it were horizontal.

In general, the restoring force depends on displacement in a more complicated way than in Eq. (1). But in many systems the restoring force is approximately proportional to displacement if the displacement is sufficiently small. Thus if the amplitude is small enough, we can use SHM as an approximate model for many different periodic motions. By substituting the Newton’s second law 𝐹𝐹𝑥𝑥 = 𝑚𝑚𝑎𝑎𝑥𝑥 into Eq.

(1) and rearranging the terms, the acceleration 𝑎𝑎𝑥𝑥 of a body in SHM is given by

𝑑𝑑2 𝑥𝑥 𝑘𝑘 = − 𝑥𝑥 2 𝑑𝑑𝑑𝑑 𝑚𝑚

𝑎𝑎𝑥𝑥 =

(2)

ing body as a function of time 𝑡𝑡. 𝑑𝑑𝑑𝑑 2

+

and suspend from it a body with mass 𝑚𝑚. The body hangs at rest, in equilibrium. In this position the spring is stretched an

amount Δ𝑙𝑙 just great enough that the spring’s upward vertical force 𝑘𝑘Δ𝑙𝑙 on the body balances its weight 𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚, so 𝑘𝑘Δ𝑙𝑙 = 𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚.

Take 𝑥𝑥 = 0 to be this equilibrium position and take the posi-

tive 𝑥𝑥-direction to be upward. When the body is a distance 𝑥𝑥

above its equilibrium position, the extension of the spring is Δ𝑙𝑙 − 𝑥𝑥 . The upward force it exerts on the body is then

𝑘𝑘(Δ𝑙𝑙 − 𝑥𝑥), and the net 𝑥𝑥-component of force on the body is 𝐹𝐹net = 𝑘𝑘(Δ𝑙𝑙 − 𝑥𝑥) + (−𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚) = −𝑘𝑘𝑘𝑘.

So vertical SHM doesn’t differ in any essential way from

And now we can express the displacement 𝑥𝑥 of the oscillat𝑑𝑑2 𝑥𝑥

Suppose we hang a spring with force constant 𝑘𝑘 (Fig. 2)

horizontal SHM. The only real change is that the equilibrium position 𝑥𝑥 = 0 no longer corresponds to the point at which the spring is unstretched.

𝑘𝑘 𝑥𝑥 = 0 𝑚𝑚

(3)

If we define angular frequency 𝜔𝜔 as Eq. (4), the solution of

Eq. (3) becomes Eq. (5) or (6).

𝜔𝜔 = �

𝑘𝑘 𝑚𝑚

𝑥𝑥 = 𝑎𝑎 cos 𝜔𝜔𝜔𝜔 + 𝑏𝑏 sin 𝜔𝜔𝜔𝜔 𝑥𝑥 = 𝐴𝐴 cos(𝜔𝜔𝜔𝜔 + 𝜙𝜙)

(4)

(5) (6)

The corresponding frequency 𝑓𝑓 and period 𝑇𝑇 relationships

are

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𝜔𝜔 1 𝑘𝑘 � = 2𝜋𝜋 2𝜋𝜋 𝑚𝑚

1 2𝜋𝜋 ′𝑚𝑚 = = 2𝜋𝜋� 𝑓𝑓 𝜔𝜔 ′𝑘𝑘

(7)

(8)

Fig. 2

A body attached to a hanging spring

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A simple pendulum is an idealized model consisting of a

The corresponding frequency and period relationships are

point mass suspended by a massless, unstretchable string. 𝑓𝑓 =

When the point mass is pulled to one side of its straightdown equilibrium position and released, it oscillates about the equilibrium position.

𝑇𝑇 =

The path of the point mass is not a straight line but the arc of a circle with radius 𝐿𝐿 equal to the length of the string (Fig. 3). We use as our coordinate the distance 𝑥𝑥 measured along the arc. If the motion is simple harmonic, the restoring force must be directly proportional to 𝑥𝑥 or 𝜃𝜃 = 𝑥𝑥⁄𝐿𝐿.

𝜔𝜔 1 ′𝘨𝘨 � = 2𝜋𝜋 2𝜋𝜋 ′𝐿𝐿

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1 2𝜋𝜋 𝐿𝐿 = = 2𝜋𝜋� 𝑓𝑓 𝜔𝜔 𝘨𝘨

(13)

Note that these expressions do not involve the mass of the particle. For small oscillations, the period of a pendulum for a given value of 𝘨𝘨 is determined entirely by its length 𝐿𝐿. A long

pendulum has a longer period than a shorter one.

The restoring force is provided by gravity; the tension 𝑇𝑇

merely acts to make the point mass move in an arc. We rep-

approximately simple harmonic. When the amplitude is not

resent the forces on the mass in terms of tangential and radi-

small, the departures from simple harmonic motion can be

al components. The restoring force 𝐹𝐹𝜃𝜃 is the tangential com-

ponent of the net force:

We emphasize again that the motion of a pendulum is only

substantial. The period can be expressed by an infinite series; when the maximum angular displacement is Θ, the period is given by

𝐹𝐹𝜃𝜃 = −𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚 sin 𝜃𝜃

(9)

The restoring force 𝐹𝐹𝜃𝜃 is proportional not to 𝜃𝜃 but to sin 𝜃𝜃,

so the motion is not simple harmonic. However, if the angle 𝜃𝜃

is small, sin 𝜃𝜃 is very nearly equal to 𝜃𝜃 in radians. With this approximation, Eq. (9) becomes

𝐹𝐹𝜃𝜃 = −𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚 = −𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚

𝑥𝑥 𝐿𝐿

or

𝐹𝐹𝜃𝜃 = −

𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚 𝑥𝑥 𝐿𝐿

𝐿𝐿 12 Θ 12 ⋅ 32 Θ 𝑇𝑇 = 2𝜋𝜋� �1 + 2 sin2 + 2 2 sin4 + ⋯ � 𝘨𝘨 2 2 2 ⋅4 2

(14)

When Θ = 15°, the true period is longer than that given by

approximate by Eq. (13) by less than 0.5%.

(10)

The restoring force is then proportional to the coordinate for small displacements, and the force constant is 𝑘𝑘 = 𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚⁄𝐿𝐿 .

From Eq. (4) the angular frequency 𝜔𝜔 of a simple pendulum with small amplitude is

𝑘𝑘 𝑚𝑚𝑚𝑚⁄𝐿𝐿 ′𝘨𝘨 𝜔𝜔 = � = � =� 𝑚𝑚 𝑚𝑚 ′𝐿𝐿

(11)

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An idealized simple pendulum

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Equipment

1. List

Item(s)

PC / Software

Qty.

Description

1

Records, displays and analyzes videos.

Camera

1

Feeds or streams its image in real time to a computer.

Tripod

1

Supports a camera.

Screen

1

PVC foam board, white, 900 × 1200mm

Meter Stick

1

Measures the length of pendulums.

Spring

1

Video Analysis: SG PRO

Exerts a restoring force back toward an equilibrium position.

Designed to hang several holed weights. Weight Hanger

1

- Polycarbonate base with steel post - Mass: approx. 5g

Weights (Disk)

1 set

Holed weights - Mass: approx. 5g, 10g, 20g(× 2), 50g

Weight (Cylinder)

1

Weight with yellow band

Weight (Ball)

1

Green plastic ball

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Suspends a ball weight to form a simple pendulum.

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Qty.

Description

Three-Finger Clamp

1

Holds pendulums.

Multi-clamp

1

Provides stable support for experiment set-ups.

A-shaped Base

1

Support Rod (1100mm)

1

Electronic Balance

Provide stable support for experiment set-ups.

Measures mass with a precision to 0.01g.

Setup

Setup1. Equipment setup

Weights Details:

Use

Shape

Disk

Cylinder

Ball

Expt.1 Spring Constant

Expt. 2 Motion of Mass

Expt. 3 Simple Pendulum

• Flat Disk • Center Hole

• with Hook • Yellow Band (for auto-track)

• with Hook • Green Plastic (for auto-track)

Image

Setup2. Software Setup (SG PRO) If you are new to SG PRO software, see “Motion of a RigidBody” lab manual.

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Procedure

Experiment 1. Spring Constant (1) Measure the mass of the weight hanger and the weights.

(4) Measure the change in length of the spring.

Record the position of the reference point on the meter stick, when different amounts of mass are added onto the weight

Use the electronic balance to measure mass. - Weight Hanger: approx. 5g

- Weights: approx. 5g , 10g , 20g(× 2), 50g each

hanger. Do not forget to include the mass of the weight hanger (5g) in your calculation of the total mass. Determine the change in length of the spring for mass varying from 40 to 80g in steps of 5g. 𝑚𝑚 (kg) 0.040

𝐹𝐹 = 𝑚𝑚𝘨𝘨 (N)

𝑥𝑥 (m)

0.045 0.050 0.055 0.060 0.065

(2) Set up equipment.

0.070 0.075

Suspend the spring so that it

0.080

hangs vertically. Put the weight hanger on the end of the spring.

Note

When analyzing your data, you have to take into account the initial tension in the spring. To ensure consistent rest lengths, most spring manufacturers design extension springs with an initial tension, which keeps the coils pressed tightly together. Hooke’s law may not work for (3) Specify your reference point of measurement.

small applied forces, as you must first overcome any initial tension before you see any apparent change in length.

For your reference, choose any measuring point such as the bottom end of the spring. (5) Find the spring constant 𝑘𝑘. Find the slope of 𝐹𝐹-𝑥𝑥 graph using the method of least

squares (see the appendix of “Free Fall” lab manual). The spring constant is equal to the slope of the 𝐹𝐹-𝑥𝑥 graph. (6) Repeat measurement.

Repeat steps (4) to (5) more than 3 times.

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Experiment 2. Motion of a Mass on a Spring

(1) Measure the mass of the cylinder weight.

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(6) Analyze your result. ① Select [T-Y] (time vs. 𝑦𝑦-axis) graph. ② Change [표시방법](display type) to [선](line).

Use the electronic balance to measure mass. (Ignore the marked value on the weight.)

(2) Set up equipment. ① Set the meter stick aside. ② Place the camera and the screen.

③ Right-click on the graph and select [십자선 추가](Show Crosshairs) from the list, and then click anywhere to show

③ Suspend the spring and attach the weight at the end of the spring.

crosshairs. Drag the crosshairs to read off the coordinates of the graph.

(3) Run SG PRO software.

See the “Motion of a Rigid-Body” lab manual.

You don’t have to calibrate the video scale because you will measure an elapsed time, not a distance or a length.

(4) Let the weight oscillate vertically.

When displacing the weight, do not stretch the spring more than about 2cm from its equilibrium position. (5) Record a video.

Save the video clip including about 5 oscillations.

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④ Read off the coordinates of every peaks and calculate the period 𝑇𝑇 of the motion.

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(7) Repeat the experiment.

(3) Let the pendulum swing. Displace the pendulum about 5° from its equilibrium posi-

Repeat steps (4) to (6) more than 3 times.

tion and let it swing.

(8) Analyze the result.

(4) Record a video and analyze the result.

Using the spring constant 𝑘𝑘 (expt.1) and the mass 𝑚𝑚 of

the weight (step(1)), calculate Eq. (8).

′𝑚𝑚 𝑇𝑇 = 2𝜋𝜋� ′𝑘𝑘

Using [T-X] (time vs. 𝑥𝑥-axis) graph, find the period of oscilla-

tions of the simple pendulum and verify Eq. (13).

𝐿𝐿 𝑇𝑇 = 2𝜋𝜋� 𝘨𝘨

(8)

(13)

(5) Vary the length 𝐿𝐿 of the pendulum and repeat the experiment.

Experiment 3. Simple Pendulum

(6) (Optional) Find the period of the simple pendulum when the amplitude is not small.

Repeat the procedure of expt. 2 using a simple pendulum.

(1) Set up equipment.

Use a piece of thread and the green ball weight to make a simple pendulum.

When the maximum angular displacement Θ is not small,

verify the period 𝑇𝑇 is given by

𝐿𝐿 12 Θ 12 ⋅ 32 Θ 𝑇𝑇 = 2𝜋𝜋� �1 + 2 sin2 + 2 2 sin4 + ⋯ � 𝘨𝘨 2 2 2 ⋅4 2

(14)

(2) Measure the length 𝐿𝐿 of the pendulum.

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Result & Discussion

Your TA will inform you of the guidelines for writing the laboratory report during the lecture.

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