1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Damped simple harmonic motion

  1. Feb 5, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The amplitude of a simple pendulum oscillating in air with a small spherical bob, decreases from 10 cm to 8 cm in 40 seconds. Assuming that Stokes Law is valid, and ratio of the coefficient of viscosity of air to that of carbon dioxide is 1.3, the time in which amplitude of this pendulum will reduce from 10 cm to 5 cm in carbon dioxide will be close to (ln 5 = 1.601, ln 2 = 0.693)

    2. Relevant equations
    x(t) = Ae-bt/2m cos(ωt + Φ)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I suppose that b ∝ viscosity
    So, assuming b/2m = k
    8 = 10e-k×40 ------- (1)
    5 = 10e-k×t/1.3 ---------- (2)
    Dividing 1/2 --
    8/5 = ekt/1.3 - 40k

    I have no idea what to do beyond this, I haven't been given values for b or m. Also, my solution may be very wrong because I'm not sure about this at all.
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 5, 2016 #2


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    why did you divide [1] by [2]?
  4. Feb 5, 2016 #3
    Oh my god, this is embarrassing. Got it, two equations, two unknowns. Thank you :D
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted