Lesson Worksheet: Oscillatory Motion Science

In this worksheet, we will practice describing the motion of oscillating objects.

Q1:

A pendulum swings from left to right and back again. The pendulum oscillates without dissipating energy. How does the maximum displacement left of the equilibrium position compare to the maximum displacement right of the equilibrium position?

  • AThe maximum displacement to the left is the same distance as the maximum displacement to the right.
  • BThe maximum displacement to the left is greater than the maximum displacement to the right.
  • CThe maximum displacement to the left is less than the maximum displacement to the right.

Q2:

What is the term for the distance of an oscillating object from the equilibrium position?

  • AWavelength
  • BPeriod
  • CDisplacement
  • DOscillation

Q3:

A pendulum swings from left to right and back again. Which of the following is the number of oscillations that the pendulum must complete to be in oscillatory motion?

  • AAny number greater than zero and not greater than one
  • BOne
  • CAny number greater than zero
  • DA half
  • ETwo

Q4:

A pendulum swings from left to right and back again. The pendulum oscillates without dissipating energy. At which of the following positions is the speed of the pendulum greatest?

  • A
  • B
  • C

Q5:

A pendulum swings from left to right and back again. The pendulum oscillates without dissipating energy. How does the time taken to swing the maximum distance left of the equilibrium position compare to the time taken to swing the maximum distance right of the equilibrium position?

  • AThe time taken to swing the maximum distance left is greater than the time taken to swing the maximum distance right.
  • BThe time taken to swing the maximum distance left is the same as the time taken to swing the maximum distance right.
  • CThe time taken to swing the maximum distance left is less than the time taken to swing the maximum distance right.

Q6:

A pendulum swings from left to right and back again. Which of the following diagrams shows the pendulum at its equilibrium position?

  • A
  • B
  • C

Q7:

A spring attached to a wall is pushed until it reaches the red line, and then it is released. The diagrams show how the length of the spring changes after it is released. The spring oscillates without dissipating energy. The blue line shows the equilibrium position of the spring. How does the distance between the red and blue lines compare to the distance between the green and blue lines?

  • AThe distance between the red and blue lines is greater than the distance between the green and blue lines.
  • BThe distances are the same.
  • CThe distance between the red and blue lines is less than the distance between the green and blue lines.

Q8:

A spring attached to a wall is pushed until it reaches the red line, and then it is released. The diagram shows how the length of the spring changes after it is released. The blue line is halfway between the red and green lines. Which color line shows the equilibrium position of the spring?

  • AGreen
  • BBlue
  • CRed

Q9:

Is oscillatory motion periodic?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Q10:

Is the motion of a pendulum an oscillatory motion?

  • ANo
  • BYes

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