Physics Unit 12 - Periodic Motion

Pendulums, Springs, Simple Harmonic Motion

Periodic Motion is an AWESOME unit, It is one of my personal favorites! When I cover this unit with my students they find it very fascinating and love how it makes some difficult mathematical models more clear.

This course covers everything related to periodic motion and is very thorough with a ton of example videos!

We begin by taking a look at two specific models of periodic motion, springs and pendulums. Through spring and pendulum motion we are able to model Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM).

This unit is a bit more on the college level side. While high school physics students can benefit from this course, they should approach it from a purely conceptual point of view. As the course progresses the mathematics become a bit more challenging which is why this is more fitting for a college level course.


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Corey Mousseau
Corey Mousseau

Corey Mousseau is a highly qualified classroom science teacher in New York State. He has been teaching physics and related courses in NY State for over 15 years.

Physics is often overwhelming for many students. Over the years Corey has mastered the art of exciting students into falling in love with this wonderful field of science. Through a blend of conceptual understanding, demonstrations, and quantitative analysis Corey has found the correct formula for engaging individuals into highly successful physics students.

Corey holds a degree in secondary education in physics as well as a master's degree in integrating technology in the classroom. He a high school Cross Country Coach, a Science Olympiad Coach, and a New York State Master Teacher. Corey has a lovely wife, two young boys, and teachers at Plattsburgh High School in upstate NY.

While at Plattsburgh High School (PHS) Corey has had the opportunity to teach many different courses which have all had a focus on excellence, rigor, and mastery.

Courses Corey currently teaches during the traditional school day:

  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • NY State Regents Physics
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • Robotics 1
  • Robotics 2
  • Science Olympiad

Corey has been a dedicated science teacher since he was 22 years old and has influenced countless students along the way. His students show him respect, admiration, and commitment and he provides them with the same. Ask any student at PHS - Mr. Mousseau cares and is more than willing to help you become the strongest physics student you can.


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