Sergio Rojas. A non-standard approach to introduce simple harmonic motion

Social Sciences / Education / Theory

Submitted on: Apr 21, 2012, 15:48:48

Description: We'll be presenting an approach to solve the equation of simple harmonic motion (SHM) which is non-standard as compared with the usual way of solution presented in textbooks. In addition to help students avoid the unnecessary memorization of formulas to solve physics problems, this approach could help instructors to present the subject in a teaching framework which integrates conceptual and mathematical reasoning, in a systemic way of thinking that will help students to reinforce their quantitative reasoning skills by using mathematical knowledge already familiar to students in a first calculus-based introductory physics course, such as the chain rule for derivatives, inverse trigonometric functions, and integration methods.

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