Energy changes in simple harmonic motion


Energy in SHM - potential and kinetic energy

The above simulation of the simple harmonic motion involving a pendulum shows how the potential energy, PE and kinetic energy, KE, change with the position of the pendulum, provided that the latter swings through a small angle.

As you can see the total energy of the system remains the same: the loss of KE turns into PE and vice versa.

In order to practise this interactively, along with a few related simulations under the SHM, please follow the link below:

A comprehensive and interactive tutorial on the SHM is here.


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