Gif I made showing how circular motion, simple harmonic motion, and transverse wave motion are all related.

Gif I made demonstrating how circular movement, basic harmonic movement, and transverse wave movement are all associated.

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  1. I love this!! This reminds me of one of my other favorite physics gifs, the one that shows the relationships of sin/cos/tan to a circle in a similar way. Props!

  2. This seems to be very cool, but to fully appreciate I’d need a ELI5…

    Edit: Thank you very much for the explanations people!! 🙂

  3. This gives me so much hope for the future of the field and scientific understanding in general! In the past you either understood the connections between certain mathematical and geometric models or you didn’t. Actually, this may not be the absolute best example because I know I learned this particular relationship through words and blackboard drawings just fine but it remains that this gif is dope afuck and that as things get more complicated high quality animation is an incredibly useful tool. Our ability to make things click for each other is higher than ever before and that’s a meta-innovation that will hopefully pay large dividends in inspiration, understanding, and progress!!

  4. I used simple harmonic motion to calculate the orbits of jupiter’s moons a year ago, the connection between these motions made that possible! It was really cool!

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