turning points of a classical harmonic oscillator


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The turning points of a classical harmonic oscillator occur when the potential energy is equal to the total energy, correct?

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Oct7-07, 01:34 AM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The turning points of a classical harmonic oscillator occur when the potential energy is equal to the total energy, correct?
Because kinetic energy and thus velocity is then zero. (Alternatively, for the classical oscillator, maximum PE would be at maximum displacement, which defines a "turning point".)


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