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Coupled Oscillations

  1. Nov 5, 2004 #1
    I have a system that consist of the first spring attached to a ceiling and a first mass is attached to this spring. Then a second spring is attached to this first mass. Finally I have another mass attached to the second spring. So all of it is just hanging down. (I hope this is a good enough explanation). Will gravity have any effect; when the particles are displaced assuming the particles are displaced the same distance and released at the same time.

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  3. Nov 6, 2004 #2


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    Yes, gravity will have an effect.
  4. Nov 6, 2004 #3


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    As Integral said, gravity will have an effect.
    To be precise, gravity will influence what the equilibrium position will be.
  5. Nov 6, 2004 #4


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    In a Newtonian approach,the gravitational force and the elastic force are the only ones who could influence the movement,provided that you neglect all effects of friction/air resistance.It takes to move only one particle (and not both at the same time) to destroy the equilibrium between the 2 forces mentioned ealier and set this device into permenent oscillation.
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