Modeling Oscillating Systems: Crosscurricular activity between Physics and Math 

The module involves
a process of scientific investigation of the properties and similarities
of simple oscillating systems. Through
a process of observation and modeling the students will develop the
concept that oscillating systems are a common feature in nature, and that
a restoring force is the key element in modeling their behavior.
A recommended collaboration with advanced algebra or precalculus
students is designed into the module where physics students provide
technically explicit description and data from their Stella models to
involved teams of math students. The
math students will analyze the data using Excel spreadsheets and provide
the physics students with a mathematical model corresponding to their
experimentally based Stella models. 

Physics Component: 
Updated January 2007

Math Component: 