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Homework Help: Damped Harmonic Motion

  1. Nov 5, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    "Which of the following applications would have the most benefit from a short damping time?"
    a. bathroom scale
    b. child jolly jumper
    c. suspension on passenger car
    d. suspension on race car

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Im assuming that both A and D should be as damped as possible, so its more of a question as to which one has a shorter damping time and/or which one objectively benefits the most from it. Thanks.
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  3. Nov 5, 2015 #2


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    I would ask myself: which one, if any, would benefit from being overdamped.
  4. Nov 5, 2015 #3
    It would be my understanding that both A and D would benefit from being over damped. It is my teacher's opinion (justified or not); however, that one is a better answer. Im trying to figure out which one that is.
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