Yo-yoing over the harmonic oscillator

by DiracPool
Tags: harmonic, oscillator, yoyoing
DiracPool is offline
Dec8-12, 07:06 AM
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I've been looking around and trying to figure it out, but I can't seem to figure out how the cosine function get's into the solution to the HO equation d2x/dt2=-kx/m. I know this is extremely basic, but could someone indulge me?
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Physics2.0 is offline
Dec8-12, 07:21 AM
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The second derivative of [itex]-cosθ[/itex] is equal to [itex]cosθ[/itex]. Because [itex][-cosθ]' = -sinθ [/itex] and [itex][-sinθ]' = cosθ [/itex] so [itex][-cosθ]'' = cosθ [/itex].
Maybe this is also helpfull: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=x%27%27+%3D+-x
grzz is offline
Dec8-12, 07:24 AM
P: 939
It is not so difficult to use a better notation!

Try to see whether x = acos(bt), where a and b are constants, fits with the equation

[itex]\frac{d^{2}x}{dt^{2}}[/itex] = -(positive constant)x.

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