Relating simple harmonic motion and uniform circular motion with Tracker

E. Pratidhina, F. Rizky Yuliani, W. Sunu Brams Dwandaru


In this study, we demonstrate an interesting relationship between simple harmonic motion and uniform circular motion trough a simple experiment. The experiment requires a low cost-easily found materials and free software, Tracker. To represent uniform circular motion, we use a tape that is stick on a fan moving with the constant angular speed. Meanwhile, spring and pendulum motion are used to represent simple harmonic motion. Through Video Tracker analysis, we have shown that the positions (x and y coordinates) of an object undergoes uniform circular motion fit to the sinusoidal function of time, as same as shown in simple harmonic motion. This simple experiment can be used in high school physics course to lead students in developing a conceptual understanding of uniform circular motion with a less mathematical approach.


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