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Relationship betwen SHM frequency and harmonic oscillator freq.

by songbird7
Tags: frequency, oscillator, pendulum, smh, spring
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Feb21-12, 12:16 AM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Relate the frequency of a harmonic oscillator (spring) to that of a simple harmonic oscillator (pendulum) Show all derivations.

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3. The attempt at a solution

Not exactly sure how to go about it saying that a spring isn't a SHM...because I thought it was. Please help me understand!
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Feb21-12, 06:12 AM
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hi songbird7! welcome to pf!

i think they're getting at the distinction mentioned in wikipedia
If F is the only force acting on the system, the system is called a simple harmonic oscillator
since a spring can be damped, its motion wouldn't be simple harmonic

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