Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.


Physics Interactives: Vibrating Mass on a Spring

This interactive simulation allows you to explore the back-and-forth motion of a mass on a spring. Change the mass, the nature of the spring, and the amount of damping and observe the result. A few minutes with this sim will spring you forward in your understanding of vibrational motion.

Concept Builders: Vibrational Motion

We have a growing collection of Concept Builders in our Vibrational Motion chapter. While most pertain specifically to pendulum motion and the motion of a mass on a spring, you should be aware that they're their for coverage that is related to this video. It's good stuff. Check them out.

Curriculum Corner : Wave Motion

We will admit ... it's a bit early for Waves. But if that's a topic that is coming up after vibrational motion, then you might wish to inspect what we have now in our Curriculum Corner section. This is free curriculum for the taking. And for a few extra bucks, you can obtain the source documents and purchase a license to place them and any deriviative from them on your course management pages.

Science Reasoning Center: Vibrations and Waves

Our Science Reasoning Center is the perfect place to find that activity that upgrades the level of critical thinking, data analysis, model-building, and careful reading. This is where Process is king and content is just the medium. Get students thinking and reasoning at the Science Reasoning Center. We have some activities on pendulum motion and vibrating masses on springs.

Physics Classroom Tutorial: Vibrations and Waves Chapter, Lesson 0 - Vibrational Motion

Our written tutorial pages provide a thorough, easy-to-understand, common-sense approach to Physics topics. Students find them to be easy reading and teachers often place links to the pages on their course pages. Support your students with a link.