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Damped harmonic oscillator, help needed!

  1. Feb 5, 2009 #1
    damped harmonic oscillator, urgent help needed!

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    for distinct roots (k1, k2) of the equation k^2 + 2Bk + w^2 show that x(t) = Ae^(k1t) + Be^(k2t) is a solution of the following differential equation: (d^2)x/dt^2 + 2B(dx/dt) + (w^2)x = 0

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have no idea where to begin, can anyone point me in the right direction or giv me some sort of outline to follow
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  3. Feb 5, 2009 #2


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    Re: damped harmonic oscillator, urgent help needed!

    I would first find k1 and k2. This involves solving the quadratic equation you were given.
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