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Chapter 11 Vocab

Chapter 11: Harmonic Motion

TermDefinition
Pendulum a weight hung from a fixed point, so that it can swing freely backwards and forwards
Cycle unit of motion that repeats over and over
Frequency number of cycles an oscillator makes in one second
Amplitude describes how large the cycle is / they depend on the type of oscillation you are describing / it is often distance or angle/ but may be voltage or pressure/ it decreases until the the pendulum stops moving
Period the difference between the beginning of the cycle an the end of the cycle
Oscillator a system that shows harmonic motion (ex: pendulum, solar system)
Damping used to describe the gradual loss of amplitude of an oscillator
Linear Motion motion that goes from one place to another (ex: distance, time, speed, etc.)
Harmonic Motion motion that repeats itself over and over (ex: pendulum, swing)
Hertz unit of frequency
Phase where the oscillator is in the cycle
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