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Revision Notes for CBSE Class 11 Physics Chapter 14 (Oscillations) - Free PDF Download

In this article we will learn about many other things. An example of small oscillation is the oscillation of a simple pendulum; this consists of a particle suspended by a string in the earth's gravitational field. Damped oscillations are also explained in the chapter. The periodic external force may not only be the reason for Undamped oscillations but also by a periodic variation of the parameters of the oscillating system. This is known as parametric resonance.

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Oscillations Class 11 Notes Physics - Basic Subjective Questions

Section – A (1 Mark Questions)


(a) A particle has maximum velocity in the mean 

position and zero velocity at the extreme position. Is it a sure test for S.H.M.?

(b) Is restoring force necessary in S.H.M.?

Ans. (a) No, (b)  Yes.

2. Two simple pendulums of equal lengths cross each other only at the mean position. What is their phase difference?

Ans. 180° i.e.  π radians.

3. Write the displacement equation representing the following conditions obtained in a simple harmonic motion. Amplitude = 0.01 m, frequency = 600 Hz, initial phase = π/6.

Ans. Here A = 0.01 m, $\upsilon$ = 600 Hz, φ0 = π/6

The displacement equation of simple harmonic motion is

$y=A\;sin(\omega t+\phi 0)=A\;sin(2\pi \upsilon t+\phi 0)$

or $y=(0\cdot 01m)=sin(1200\pi t+pi /6)$

4. Can a simple pendulum vibrate at the center of Earth? Why?

Ans. No. This is because the value of g at the center of Earth is zero.

5. The acceleration of a particle undergoing SHM is shown in the figure. Which of the labeled points corresponds to the particle being at –xmax ?

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Ans. When particle is at $-X_{max}$ , it experiences acceleration towards mean position i.e. acceleration is positive ($+a_{max}$). So, point 1 is the correct answer.

Section – B (2 Marks Questions)

6. The motion of a particle executing SHM in one dimension is described by $x=-0\cdot 3sin\left ( t+\dfrac{\pi }{4} \right )$ , where x is in meter and t in second. Then find the frequency of oscillation in Hz.

Ans. We have, $x=-0\cdot 3sin\left ( t+\dfrac{\pi }{4} \right )$

Comparing with the general equation

$x=x_{0}sin(\omega t+\phi )$

where,$x_{0}$maximum displacement

So, $x_{0}=0\cdot 3,\omega 1,\phi =\dfrac{\pi }{4}$ .

Hence, $2\pi f=1$

$\Rightarrow f=1/2\pi$ .

7. A particle of mass 0.1 kg executes SHM under a force F = (–10x) Newton. Speed of the particle at mean position is 6 m/s. Then find the amplitude of oscillations.

Ans. Since $f=-m\omega ^{2} x$

and at equilibrium position, $f=-10x$

$\Rightarrow m\omega ^{2}=10$

$\Rightarrow 0\cdot 1\times \omega ^{2}=10$

$\Rightarrow \omega =10$

Also, speed at Mean position = max. Speed


$\Rightarrow 6=A\times 10$

$\Rightarrow A=0\cdot 6m$ .

8. What is the maximum acceleration of the particle doing the SHM ?

$y=2sin\left [ \dfrac{\pi t}{2}+\phi  \right ]$ , where y is in cm.

Ans. $y=2sin\left [ \dfrac{\pi }{2}t+\phi  \right ]$  

Comparing with $y=A\;sin\left [ \omega t+\phi  \right ]$

$\Rightarrow $A=2$ and \omega =\dfrac{\pi }{2}$

Max. acceleration $=\omega ^{2}A=\dfrac{\pi ^{2}}{4}\times 2=\dfrac{\pi ^{2}}{2}cm/s^{2}$ .

9. A mass of 1 kg is executing SHM which is given by, x = 6.0 cos (100 t + π/4) cm. What is the maximum kinetic energy ?

Ans. Here, m = 1 kg. The given equation of SHM is x = 6.0 cos (100 t + π/4) Comparing it with the equation of SHM: x = a cos (ωt + φ), 

we have, a = 6.0 cm = 6/100 m and ω = 100 rad s–1

Max. kinetic energy $=\dfrac{1}{2}m\left ( V_{max} \right )^{2}$ .

$=\dfrac{1}{2}m(a\omega )^{2}=\dfrac{1}{2}\times 1\left ( \dfrac{6}{100}\times 100 \right )^{2}=18J$ .

10. A body of mass 0.01 kg executes simple harmonic motion (S.H.M.) about x = 0 under the influence of a force shown below. Find the period of the S.H.M.

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Ans. According to standard equation,

So slope of given graph

$=\dfrac{-8}{2}=-4=-m\omega ^{2}$

$F=-m\omega ^{2}x$

$m=0\cdot 01kg$

$\Rightarrow \omega ^{2}=400$

$\Rightarrow \omega =20$

and $T=\dfrac{2\pi }{\omega }=0\cdot 3sec$

PDF Summary - Class 11 Physics  Oscillations Notes (Chapter 14)


  1. The periodic motion refers to the type of motion which repeats itself over and over again after regular intervals of time.

  2. The oscillatory or vibratory motion refers to the type of motion in which an object moves to and fro or back and forth in a repetitive manner about a fixed point in a definite interval of time.

  3. Simple harmonic motion can be considered as a specific type of oscillatory motion, in which:

  1. the particle moves in a single dimension

  2. the particle oscillates to and fro about a fixed mean position\[~(where~{{F}_{net}}=0),\]

  3. the net force on the particle always gets directed towards the equilibrium position

  4. the magnitude of the net force is always proportional to the displacement of the particle from the equilibrium position at that instant.



where, k is known as force constant

$\Rightarrow \text{ma = -- kx}$ 

$\Rightarrow a=-\frac{kx}{m}\,$

However, $a=-{{\omega }^{2}}x$ 

where, ω is known as angular frequency

\[\Rightarrow \frac{{{d}^{2}}x}{d{{t}^{2}}}=-{{\omega }^{2}}x\] 

This equation is known as the differential equation of S.H.M.

The general expression for  \[\text{x}\left( \text{t} \right)\] satisfying the above equation is:

\[x\left( t \right)=A\,\sin \,\left( \omega t+\phi  \right)\]

1.1 Some Important Terms:

  1. Amplitude:

The amplitude of a particle executing S.H.M. refers to its maximum displacement on either side of the equilibrium position. The amplitude of a particle is represented by $A$.

  1. Time Period:

Time period of a particle executing S.H.M. refers to the time taken to complete one cycle. It is represented by T. Mathematically,

$T=\frac{2\pi }{\omega }=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{m}{k}}\,\,\,\left( \because \omega =\sqrt{\frac{m}{k}} \right)$ 

  1. Frequency:

The frequency of a particle executing S.H.M. is the same as the number of oscillations completed in one second. It is denoted by $\nu $. Mathematically,

$\nu =\frac{\omega }{2\pi }=\frac{1}{2\pi }\sqrt{\frac{k}{m}}$ 

  1. Phase:

The phase of particle executing S.H.M. at any instant refers to its state with respect to its position and direction of motion at that particular instant. It is measured as argument (angle) of sine in the equation of S.H.M.

Phase$=\left( \omega t+\phi  \right)$ 

When \[t=0\], phase\[=\phi \]; the constant \[\phi \] is called initial phase of the particle or phase constant.

1.2 Important Relations:

  1. Position:

When the equilibrium position is considered at origin, the position (x coordinate) depends on time in general as \[x\text{ }\left( t \right)=\sin \text{ }\left( \omega t+\phi  \right)\]. 

  • At the equilibrium position, \[\text{x = 0}\] 

  • At the extremes, \[x=+a,-a\].

Position Time Graph

  1. Velocity:

Velocity Time Graph

  • At any instant t, \[v\left( t \right)=A\omega \cos \left( \omega t\text{ }+\phi  \right)\] 

  • At any position x, \[v\left( x \right)=\pm \omega \sqrt{{{A}^{2}}-{{x}^{2}}}\] 

  • Velocity has minimum magnitude at the extremes since the particle is at rest here. i.e., \[v=0\] at extreme position.

  • On the other hand, velocity has maximum magnitude at the equilibrium position.  i.e., \[{{\left| v \right|}_{\max }}=\omega A\] at equilibrium position.

  1. Acceleration:

Acceleration Time Graph

  • At any instant t, \[a\left( t \right)={{\omega }^{2}}A\text{ }\sin \left( \omega t+\phi  \right)\] 

  • At any position x, \[a\left( x \right)={{\omega }^{2}}x\] 

  • Acceleration is always directed towards the equilibrium position.

  • The magnitude of acceleration is minimum at equilibrium position and maximum at extremes. ${{\left| a \right|}_{\min }}=0$ at equilibrium position ${{\left| a \right|}_{\max }}={{\omega }^{2}}A$ at extremes

  1. Energy:

Kinetic Energy:

  • $K=\frac{1}{2}m{{v}^{2}}\Rightarrow K=\frac{1}{2}m{{\omega }^{2}}\left( {{A}^{2}}-{{x}^{2}} \right)=\frac{1}{2}m{{\omega }^{2}}{{A}^{2}}{{\cos }^{2}}\left( \omega t+\phi  \right)$

Kinetic Energy-Time Graph

  • K is maximum at equilibrium position and minimum at extremes.

  • ${{K}_{\max }}=\frac{1}{2}m{{\omega }^{2}}{{A}^{2}}=\frac{1}{2}k{{A}^{2}}$ at equilibrium position.

  • ${{K}_{\min }}=0$ at extremes.

Potential Energy:

  • If potential energy is taken as zero at equilibrium position, then at any position x, $U\left( x \right)=\frac{1}{2}k{{x}^{2}}=\frac{1}{2}m{{A}^{2}}{{\omega }^{2}}{{\sin }^{2}}\left( \omega t+\phi  \right)$

Potential Energy-Time Graph

  • U is maximum at extremes, given by ${{U}_{\max }}=\frac{1}{2}k{{A}^{2}}$ 

  • U is minimum at the equilibrium position.

Total Energy:

Total Energy

  • $T.E.=\frac{1}{2}k{{A}^{2}}=\frac{1}{2}m{{A}^{2}}{{\omega }^{2}}$ and is constant at all instants of time and at all positions.

 Energy Position Graph:

Energy-Position Graph


To understand whether a motion is S.H.M. or not and to compute its time period, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the equilibrium position mathematically by balancing all the forces on it.

  2. Displace the particle by a displacement ‘x’ from the mean position in the probable direction of oscillation.

  3. Determine the net force on it and check if it is towards the mean position.

  4. Try to express net force as a proportional function of its displacement ‘x’.

    • If step (c) and step (d) are proved then it is a simple harmonic motion.

  5. Determine k from expression of net force \[\left( F=kx \right)\] and find the time period using $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{m}{k}}$. 

2.1 Oscillations of a Block Connected to a Spring:

a) Horizontal spring:

Suppose a block of mass m be placed on a smooth horizontal surface and rigidly connected to a spring of force constant K whose other end is permanently fixed.

Block Connected To A Horizontal Spring

  • Mean position: when spring is at its natural length.

  • Time period: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{m}{k}}$ 

b) Vertical Spring:

When the spring is suspended vertically from a fixed point and carries the block at its other end as shown, the block will oscillate along the vertical line.

Block Connected To A Vertical Spring

  • Mean position: spring in elongated by $d=\frac{mg}{k}$ 

  • Time period: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{m}{k}}$

c) Combination of springs:

  1. Springs in series:

Consider two springs of force constants \[{{K}_{1}}\] and \[{{K}_{2}}\] respectively, connected in series as shown. They are equivalent to a single spring of force constant $K$ which is given by


$\Rightarrow K=\frac{{{K}_{1}}{{K}_{2}}}{{{K}_{1}}+{{K}_{2}}}$ 

Springs In Series

  1. Springs in parallel:

For a parallel combination as shown, the effective spring constant is \[K={{K}_{1}}+\text{ }{{K}_{2}}\]. 

Springs In Parallel

2.2 Oscillation of a Cylinder Floating in a Liquid:

Suppose a cylinder of mass m and density d be floating on the surface of a liquid of density\[\rho \]. The total length of the cylinder is taken to be L.

Oscillation Of A Cylinder Floating in a Liquid

  • Mean position: cylinder is immersed up to \[\ell =\frac{Ld}{\rho }\] 

  • Time period: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{Ld}{\rho g}}=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{\ell }{g}}$ 

2.3 Liquid Oscillating in a U–Tube:

Consider a liquid column of mass m and density ρ in a U-tube of the area of cross-section A.

  • Mean position: when the height of the liquid is the same in both limbs.

  • Time period: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{m}{2A\rho g}}=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{L}{2g}}$

Liquid Oscillating in qa U–Tube

2.4 Body Oscillation in the Tunnel Along any Chord of the Earth:

  • Mean position: At the centre of the chord

  • Time period: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{R}{g}}=84.6$ minutes where, R is radius of earth

Body Oscillation In The Tunnel Along Any Chord Of The Earth

2.5 Angular Oscillations:

Instead of straight-line motion, when a particle or centre of mass of a body oscillates on a small arc of the circular path, then it is known as angular S.H.M. 

For angular S.H.M., torque is given by 

\[\tau =k\theta \] 

where k is a constant and $\theta $ is the angular displacement.

$\Rightarrow I\alpha =-k\theta $ 

where $I$ is the moment of inertia and $\alpha $ is the angular acceleration.

$\Rightarrow T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{I}{k}}$, is the time period of oscillations.

2.5.1 Simple Pendulum:

  • Time period: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{\ell }{g}}$ 

  • Time period of a pendulum in a lift:

    • $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{\ell }{g+a}}$  (If acceleration of lift acts upwards)

    • $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{\ell }{g-a}}$ (If acceleration of lift acts downwards)

  • For a second’s pendulum:

    • The time period of the second’s pendulum is 2s.

    • Length of second’s pendulum on earth surface $\simeq 1m$. 

2.5.2 Physical Pendulum:

  • Time period: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{I}{mg\ell }}$ 

Here, $I$ refers to the moment of inertia of the body about point of suspension. $\ell $ refers to the distance of the centre of mass of body from point of suspension.

Physical Pendulum


  1. Damped Oscillation:

    1. Damped oscillation refers to the type of vibration of a body whose amplitude keeps on decreasing with time.

    2. In this type of vibration, the amplitude decreases exponentially because of damping forces like frictional force, viscous force etc.

    3. Because of the decrease in amplitude, the energy of the oscillator also keeps on decreasing exponentially.

Damped Oscillation

  1. Forced Oscillation:

    1. Forced oscillation refers to the type of vibration in which a body vibrates under the influence of an external periodic force.

    2. Resonance: When the frequency of external force is the same as the natural frequency of the oscillator, then this state is called the state of resonance. This equal frequency is known as the resonant frequency.


  1. Speed of Longitudinal Wave:

    1. Speed of longitudinal wave in a medium mathematically represented as: $v=\sqrt{\frac{E}{\rho }}$  where E is the modulus of elasticity and \[\rho \]is the density of the medium.

  1. Speed of longitudinal wave in a solid in the form of the rod is represented as $v=\sqrt{\frac{Y}{\rho }}$  where $Y$ is Young’s modulus of the solid and \[\rho \] is the density of the solid.

  1. Speed of longitudinal wave in a fluid is represented as $v=\sqrt{\frac{B}{\rho }}$  where, $B$ is the bulk modulus and $\rho $ is the density of the fluid.

  1. Newton’s Formula:

    1. Newton considered that the propagation of the sound waves in gas is an isothermal process.  Clearly, according to him, the speed of sound in a gas is given by $v=\sqrt{\frac{P}{\rho }}$, where P is the pressure of the gas and $\rho $is the density of the gas.

    2. According to Newton’s formula, the speed of sound in air at S.T.P. is \[280\text{m/s}\]. However, the experimental value of the speed of sound in air is $332m{{s}^{-1}}$. Newton could not explain this large difference during his time. In future, his formula was rectified by Laplace.

  2. Laplace’s Correction:

    1. Laplace considered the propagation of the sound waves in gas in an adiabatic process. Clearly, according to him, the speed of sound in a gas is given by $v=\sqrt{\frac{\gamma P}{\rho }}$, where $\gamma $ refers to the ratio of specific heats. 

    2. According to Laplace’s correction, the speed of sound in air at S.T.P. is \[331.3m/s\], which agrees fairly well with the experimental values of the speed of sound in air at S.T.P.


  • Consider two waves of equal amplitude and frequency propagating in opposite directions:

\[{{y}_{1}}=A\sin \left( kx\omega t \right)\] 

\[{{y}_{2}}=A\sin \left( kx\text{ }+\omega t \right)\] 

Let them be considered interfering and hence, a standing wave is produced given by,


\[\Rightarrow y=2A\sin kx\cos \,\omega t\]

Clearly, the particle at location x is oscillating in S.H.M. with angular frequency ω and amplitude \[2A\sin kx\]. Since the amplitude depends on location (x), particles oscillate with different amplitudes.

  • Nodes:

Amplitude \[=0\] 

\[\Rightarrow 2A\sin kx=0\]

$\Rightarrow x=0,\frac{\pi }{k},\frac{2\pi }{k}....$ 

$\Rightarrow x=0,\frac{\lambda }{2},\lambda ,\frac{3\lambda }{2},2\lambda ....$ 

  • Antinodes: 

Amplitude is maximum.

\[\Rightarrow \sin kx=\pm 1\] 

$\Rightarrow x=\frac{\pi }{2k},\frac{3\pi }{2k}$ 

$\Rightarrow x=\frac{\lambda }{4},\frac{3\lambda }{4},\frac{5\lambda }{4}$ 

  • Nodes remain at complete rest whereas antinodes oscillate with maximum amplitude (2A). The points between a node and antinode have amplitude between 0 and 2A.

  • Distance between two consecutive nodes (or antinodes) \[=\frac{\lambda }{2}\]. 

  • Distance between a node and the next antinode \[=\frac{\lambda }{4}\].

  • Nodes and antinodes are positioned in an alternative manner.

Nodes and Antinodes

  • The figure above suggests that since nodes are at complete rest and thus, they don’t transfer energy. In a stationary wave, energy gets no transfer from one point to the other.

5.1 Vibrations in a Stretched String:

  1. Fixed at Both Ends:

    1. Transverse standing waves with nodes at both ends of the string are formed.

    2. Clearly, length of string, $\ell =\frac{n\lambda }{2}$  if there are \[\left( \text{n + 1} \right)\] nodes and n antinodes.

    3. Frequency of oscillations is given by $\nu =\frac{v}{\lambda }=\frac{nv}{2\ell }$ 

Vibrations In A Stretched String Fixed At Both Ends

  • Fundamental frequency\[\left( x=1 \right)\] or first harmonic: ${{\nu }_{0}}=\frac{v}{2L}$ 

  • Second Harmonic or First Overtone: $\nu =\frac{2v}{2L}=2{{\nu }_{0}}$

  • The ${{n}^{th}}$ multiple of fundamental frequency is called as ${{n}^{th}}$ harmonic or \[{{\left( n1 \right)}^{th}}\]overtone.

  1. Fixed at One End:

  • Transverse standing waves with node at fixed end and antinode at open end are formed.

  • Clearly, length of string $\ell =\left( 2n-1 \right)\frac{\lambda }{4}$ if there are n nodes and n antinodes.

  • Frequency of oscillations is given by $\nu =\frac{v}{\lambda }=\frac{\left( 2n-1 \right)v}{4\ell }$ 

  • Fundamental frequency\[\left( n=1 \right)\] or first harmonic: ${{\nu }_{0}}=\frac{v}{4L}$

  • First overtone or third harmonic. $\nu =\frac{3v}{4\ell }=3{{\nu }_{0}}$ 

  • Only odd harmonics are possible in this case.

5.2 Vibrations in an Organ Pipe:

  • Open Organ pipe (both ends open):

    • The open ends of the tube form antinodes as the particles at the open end can oscillate freely.

    • When there are \[\left( n+1 \right)\] antinodes in all, length of tube, \[\ell =\frac{n\lambda }{2}\]. 

    • Clearly, frequency of oscillations is $\nu =\frac{nv}{2\ell }$

Open Organ Pipe

  • Closed Organ Pipe (One end closed):

    1. The open end forms antinode and closed end forms a node.

    2. When there are n nodes and n antinodes, $L=\left( 2n-1 \right)\frac{\lambda }{4}$. 

    3. Clearly, frequency of oscillations is \[\nu =\frac{v}{\lambda }=\frac{\left( 2n-1 \right)v}{4L}\].

Open Organ Pipe

  • There are only odd harmonics in a tube closed at one end.

5.3 Waves Having Different Frequencies:

Beats get formed from the superposition of two waves of slightly different frequencies propagating in the same direction. The resultant effect perceived in this case at any fixed position will consist of alternate loud and weak sounds.

Consider the net effect of two waves of frequencies ${{\nu }_{1}}$ and ${{\nu }_{2}}\,$of equal amplitude A at $x=0$.

\[{{y}_{1}}=A\,\sin \,2\pi {{\nu }_{1}}\,t\] 

${{y}_{2}}=A\,\sin \,2\pi {{\nu }_{2}}t$ 

$\Rightarrow y={{y}_{1}}+{{y}_{2}}$ 

\[\Rightarrow y=A\left( \sin 2\pi {{\nu }_{1}}\,t+\sin 2\pi {{\nu }_{2}}\,t \right)\] 

$\Rightarrow y=\left[ 2A\,\cos \,\pi \,\left( {{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}}\, \right)t \right]\,\sin \pi \left( {{\nu }_{1}}\,+{{\nu }_{2}} \right)t$ 

Clearly, the resultant wave can be denoted as a travelling wave whose frequency is

$\left( \frac{{{\nu }_{1}}\,+{{\nu }_{2}}\,}{2} \right)$ and amplitude is $2A\,\cos \,\pi \,\left( {{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}} \right)\,t$.

Since the amplitude term contains t, the amplitude varies periodically with time.

For loud sounds: 

Net amplitude $=\pm \,2A$

\[\Rightarrow \,\cos \,\pi \,\,\left( {{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}} \right)\,t=\pm \,1\] 

$\Rightarrow \pi \,\left( {{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}} \right)\,t=0,\pi ,2\pi ,3\pi ,....$ 

$\Rightarrow t=0,\frac{1}{{{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}}},\frac{2}{{{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}}},....$ 

Thus, the interval between two loud sounds represented as \[\frac{1}{{{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}}}\]. 

$\Rightarrow $ The number of loud sounds per second$={{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}}$. 

$\Rightarrow $ Beat per second $={{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}}$.

Here, it is to be noticed that ${{\nu }_{1}}\,-{{\nu }_{2}}$ should be small (0–16Hz) in order to distinguish sound variations.


  • Filing a tuning fork increases its frequency of vibration whereas loading a tuning fork decreases its frequency of vibration.


Doppler’s effect suggests that whenever there is a relative motion between a source of sound and a listener, the apparent frequency of sound heard by the listener is different from the actual frequency of sound emitted by the source. Mathematically, apparent frequency is given by $\nu '=\frac{\nu -{{\nu }_{L}}}{\nu -{{\nu }_{S}}}\times \nu $.

Sign Convention: 

  • All velocities along the direction S to L are taken as positive and all velocities along the direction L to S are taken as negative. 

  • When the motion is along some other direction, the components of velocity of source and listener along the line joining the source and listener would be considered.

Special Cases:

A. If the source is moving towards the listener but the listener is at rest, then ${{\nu }_{S}}$ is positive and ${{\nu }_{L}}=0$ (figure a). Clearly,

$\nu '=\frac{\nu }{\nu -{{\nu }_{S}}}\times \nu $ i.e., $\nu '>\nu $

B. If the source is moving away from the listener, but the listener is at rest, then ${{\nu }_{S}}$ is negative and ${{\nu }_{L}}=0$ (figure b). Clearly,

$\nu '=\frac{\nu }{\nu -\left( -{{\nu }_{S}} \right)}\times \nu =\frac{\nu }{\nu +{{\nu }_{S}}}\nu $ i.e., $\nu '<\nu $

C. If the source is at rest and listener is moving away from the source, the \[{{\nu }_{S}}=0\] and ${{\nu }_{L}}$ is positive (figure c). Clearly, 

$\nu '=\frac{\left( \nu -{{\nu }_{L}} \right)}{\nu }\nu $ i.e., $\nu '<\nu $   

D. If the source is at rest and listener is moving towards the source, then \[{{\nu }_{S}}=0\] and ${{\nu }_{L}}$ is negative (figure d). Clearly, 

$\nu '=\frac{\nu -\left( -{{\nu }_{L}} \right)}{\nu -{{\nu }_{S}}}\nu =\frac{\nu +{{\nu }_{L}}}{\nu }\nu $ i.e., $\nu '>\nu $

E. If the source and listener are approaching each other, then \[{{\nu }_{S}}\] is positive and\[~{{\nu }_{L}}\] is negative (figure e). Clearly,

$\nu '=\frac{\nu -\left( -{{\nu }_{L}} \right)}{\nu -{{\nu }_{S}}}\nu =\frac{\nu +{{\nu }_{L}}}{\nu -{{\nu }_{S}}}\nu $ i.e., $\nu '>\nu $

F. If the source and listener are moving away from each other, then ${{\nu }_{S}}$ is negative and \[~{{\nu }_{L}}\] is positive (figure f). Clearly, 

$\nu '=\frac{\nu -{{\nu }_{L}}}{\nu -\left( -{{\nu }_{S}} \right)}\nu =\frac{\nu -{{\nu }_{L}}}{\nu +{{\nu }_{S}}}\nu $ i.e., $\nu '<\nu $

G. If the source and listener are both in motion in the same direction and with same velocity, then ${{\nu }_{S}}={{\nu }_{L}}=\nu '$ (figure g). Clearly, 

\[\nu '=\frac{\left( \nu -\nu ' \right)}{\left( \nu -\nu ' \right)}\] i.e.,\[\nu '=\nu \] 

This suggests that there is no change in the frequency of sound perceived by the listener. Apparent wavelength perceived by the observer can be given as ${\lambda }'=\frac{\nu -{{\nu }_{S}}}{\nu }$.

Doppler Effect Signs

Note: In case the medium is also in motion, the speed of sound with respect to the ground is also considered. i.e., $\vec{v}+{{\vec{v}}_{m}}$.


  • Loudness of sound is also known as level of intensity of sound. In decibels, the loudness of a sound of intensity I is represented by $L=10\,{{\log }_{10}}\left( \frac{I}{{{I}_{0}}} \right)$

where, ${{I}_{0}}={{10}^{-12}}W/{{m}^{2}}$  

  • The Pitch of a sound depends on its frequency. The higher the frequency of sound, the higher would be its pitch and the shriller would it be.

Class 11 Physics Revision Notes for Chapter 14 Oscillations

The mechanism of parametric resonance is discussed in the chapter. In reality, damping of the oscillations is caused by some friction. Consequently, for oscillations to occur for parametric resonance, the κ(amplification coefficient) must exceed a certain minimum value, due to friction, namely the damping coefficient. The production of oscillations in a system discussed in the chapter by periodic external interaction. 

However, there are oscillatory systems in which oscillations are taking place by a steady source of energy but not by a periodic force that compensates the energy losses in the system which brings about the damping of the oscillations. If we talk about the energy then the clock is one of the examples of it clearly it is the example of energy.


The tides in the sea and the movement of a simple pendulum in a clock are the most common examples of oscillation. The movement of spring is another example of oscillation. The vibration of strings in other string instruments and in a guitar are also examples of oscillations.

The pendulum creates an oscillating movement​ as it moves back and forth. Vibrations are mechanical oscillations. The vibration in a particle means it oscillates between two points about its central point.

In the same way, the movement of spring is also oscillation. The spring moves upward and then downward repeatedly and hence it produces an oscillating movement.

A perfect example of oscillation is a sine wave. Here the movements of waves between two points about a central value. The maximum distance or the height that the oscillation takes place is called the amplitude and the time taken to complete one cycle is called the time period of the oscillation. The number of complete cycles in the frequency that occurs in a second. Reciprocal of the time period is frequency.

F = 1/T.

Here, the frequency of oscillation is F

Here the time period is denoted as capital letter T.

Damped Oscillation

The process of restraining or controlling the oscillatory motion is called damping, like mechanical vibrations, by the dissipation of energy. When a restoring force equal to the restraining force is induced an oscillation remains undamped and hence the system oscillates with the same energy. The process of oscillation is a very simple process that makes an object move to and fro. An oscillation that fades away with time is a damped oscillation. That is the oscillations which with time reduce in magnitude.

A damped oscillation is not an ideal system of oscillation. The magnitude of the oscillations does not reduce with time in an ideal case, and the amplitude remains the same. For example, if a child is swinging in a swing, unless the swing is being pumped by another child or any external force, the motion of the swing fades and slowly the swing stops. This process is due to the damping of the swing.

  • An example of damping devices is the shock absorbers in vehicles that reduce the vibration of the vehicle.

Simple Harmonic

There are many options which we can use to get this topic cleared but we would like to discuss it all in a different manner. A weight attached to a linear spring is the simplest mechanical oscillating system subject to only weight and tension. On an air table or ice surface, such a system may be approximated. when the spring is static the system is in an equilibrium state. 

However, to the equilibrium position, while moving the mass back, it has acquired momentum which keeps it moving beyond that position, establishing a new restoring force in the opposite sense. If a gravity-like constant force is added to the system, the equilibrium point is shifted. The oscillatory period is often referred to as the time taken for an oscillation to occur.

The restoring force is directly proportional to its displacement on a body, like the dynamics of the spring-mass system, which are mathematically described by the simple harmonic oscillator and simple harmonic motion is the regular periodic motion. Common features of oscillation are Illustrated by the mass-spring system which illustrates the existence of an equilibrium and the presence of a restoring force that grows stronger the further the system deviates from equilibrium. 

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5. What is Oscillation according to Revision Notes of Chapter 14 of Class 11 Physics?

The movement of a given body is considered to be following oscillatory motion when it is moving to and fro along a fixed point after a regular interval of time. This fixed point along which this body oscillates is referred to as the mean position or the position of equilibrium. There is a detailed explanation of this topic available free of cost on our website. 

6. What is Simple Harmonics according to Revision Notes of Chapter 14 of Class 11 Physics?

Simple Harmonic Motion or SHM refers to the periodic motion of the to and fro movement of a body along with the mean position. There is a restoring force acting upon this oscillating body that is directly proportional to the displacement and also directed towards the mean position always. To learn more about the concept of SHM, you can refer to the NCERT solutions by Vedantu which are guaranteed to clear your concepts with ease. They are also available on Vedantu Mobile app and Vedantu’s website( at free of cost.

7. What are the examples of oscillatory motion Class 11?

Oscillatory motion is a periodic motion. Instances of oscillatory motion include: 

  • Vibrating guitar strings

  • The swinging of a park swing 

  • The pendulum of a clock

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8. Define a Simple Pendulum according to Revision Notes of Chapter 14 of Class 11 Physics.

One of the most common instances of bodies following S.H.M is the simple pendulum. A proper simple pendulum comprises one body with a heavy point mass that is suspended with a weightless inextensible as well as very flexible string suspended from one rigid support along which it can be free to oscillate. Download the NCERT Solutions PDF for a well-elaborated explanation of the simple pendulum.

9. What is the difference between Undamped and Damped Simple Harmonic Oscillations according to Revision Notes of Chapter 14 of Class 11 Physics?

The difference between Undamped and Damped Simple Harmonic Oscillations are as follows:

  • Undamped Simple Harmonic oscillations: if a body in a simple harmonic motion oscillates with a constant amplitude that is not changing with time, these oscillations will be known as undamped simple harmonic oscillations.

  • Damped Simple Harmonic oscillations: When a simple harmonic system oscillates with a decreasing amplitude with time, its oscillations are called damped simple harmonic oscillations.