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  1. #1 Simple Harmonic Motion 
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    I have tried to find the answer to this question on the web to no avail :

    Why does Simple harmonic motion follow a sinuadial pattern?

    Can it be derived from Hooke`s law , F = -kx?


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    wikipedia is your friend


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    Thanks, it seems that the solution lies in a second-order linear differential equation... Something I have no hope of understanding at my level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikai
    Thanks, it seems that the solution lies in a second-order linear differential equation... Something I have no hope of understanding at my level.

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    That is pretty much it. There is a good discussion in most introductory texts on differential equations. The book of Boyce and DiPrima is one good one.
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