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Shm and oscillation

  1. Aug 15, 2015 #1
    What is the difference between simple harmonic motion and oscillation?
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  3. Aug 15, 2015 #2


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    In simple harmonic motion, the motion of the body in question can be simply described as following sinusoidal function. Oscillation covers broader range of alternating motion, both periodic and non-periodic, as long as the displacement is bounded between two extrema.
  4. Aug 15, 2015 #3
    SHM is a kind of oscillation. The oscillations where the restoring force F is proportional to the displacement of the particle oscillating from equilibrium and in opposite direction is SHM.

    That is for SHM, F is proportional to (-x)
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