(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

I've been pondering the analogy between an RLC circuit and a damped harmonic oscillator.

The inductor serves the role of the inertia, leading a finite charging frequency.

What happens if we remove the inductor, so that the system consists just of a charged capacitor, with each plate connected by a wire of resistance R?

3. The attempt at a solution

The mathematics suggests that the system will undergo oscillations with an effectively infinite frequency and that the amplitude will instantly decay to zero.

This doesn't seem to make sense. What would really happen?

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# Homework Help: Circuit/Mechanical oscillator analogy

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