   Chapter 13, Problem 9CQ

Chapter
Section
Textbook Problem

(a) Is a bouncing ball an example of simple harmonic motion? (b) Is the daily movement of a student from home to school and back simple harmonic motion?

a)

To determine
Whether the bouncing ball is an example of simple harmonic motion.

Explanation
The object is said to be in simple harmonic motion when the net force along the direction of motion obeys Hooke's law which states that the net force is proportional to the displacement from the equilibrium point and is always directed toward the equilibrium point.

In the case of a bouncing ball, the ball is always under the action of gravity which applies a constant force on the ball...

b)

To determine
Whether the daily movement of a student from home to school is simple harmonic motion.

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