ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Simple Harmonic Motion Examples in Your Home and Community

Updated on February 3, 2013
She is doing a simple harmonic motion.
She is doing a simple harmonic motion. | Source

First, what is harmonic motion?

Before we take a look at some examples of harmonic motion, let's try to make a clear picture of it in our minds.

Simple harmonic motion is also called a periodic motion. These are movements that occur back and forth.

But not all periodic motion can be considered as simple harmonic motion. The displacement of the object must be directly proportional to the force that restores the object to its original position.

Let's take a look at the following examples of simple harmonic motion so that you will understand it more.

First Example: A Slinky!

When I was 6, this toy became the trend in our school. I was very sad because my parents could not afford to buy a slinky.

You might be thinking, "Isn't that a toy for girls?" Yes it is. But I'm really interested in observing how a slinky works. And besides, my cousins who are boys play with it!

A slinky is a perfect example of simple harmonic motion because it is essentially a spring. It moves in a periodic manner and if you try to throw it harder while holding one of its ends, it will be stretched longer.

These properties of a slinky makes it my number one example of simple harmonic motion.

A Swing is an Example of Simple Harmonic Motion

We've all tried the swing. You can spend most of the time sitting or if you are the older one, you will spend a lot of time swinging your brother or sister.

A swing can be considered a simple harmonic motion if the swinging is constant. You swing forward with the same distance as you swing backward.

If you will push the swing harder, your brother will be swung further. This follows the condition that the force must be directly proportional to the displacement.

Another Example of Simple Harmonic Motion is the Trapeze

I think you know where this list is going...

My second example of simple harmonic motion is the circus trapeze. A trapeze is just like a swing but it is more dangerous and fantastic.

Instead of a seat, a trapeze has a small metal rod where the circus performers hang on or sit on several feet in the air.

I had several chances of watching trapeze performers live but I chose not to. Maybe next time, I can watch this example of simple harmonic motion with my own eyes.

The Next Examples of Simple Harmonic Motion Will be Up To You

Which do you think is the best example of simple harmonic motion that should be included in this list?

See results

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)