10: Hooke's Law, Simple Harmonic Oscillator

Topics covered: Concepts covered in this lecture begin with the restoring force of a spring (Hooke's Law) which leads to an equation of motion that is characteristic of a simple harmonic oscillator (SHO). Using the small angle approximation, a similar expression is reached for a pendulum.

Instructor/speaker: Prof. Walter Lewin

Date recorded: October 1, 1999

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Walter Lewin and MIT OpenCourseWare

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OpenCourseWare