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Homework Help: Damping Regarding Damping

  1. Apr 28, 2006 #1
    Damping Regarding Damping!!!

    Let us say we have a have mass concentrated at the end of a string(simple pendulum).Let us say the pendlum is set in motion and then eventually due to energy loss through air resistance, the amplitude of the oscillation will reduce and eventually the pendulum comes to rest.

    These damping forces are taken in problems as:

    Damping force=(Damping Coefficient) x velocity of vibration

    My questions are:
    1. how is the damping force proportional to velocity of vibration???
    2. What is this damping coefficient?What does the damping coefficient physically denote??
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  3. Apr 28, 2006 #2


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    -1- That's an approximation -- for example, what can you say about air resistance and velocity? What happens to air resistance as you go faster in a car?

    -2- Do you have a feeling for what "damping" means? It's how quickly the oscillation is quenched. Think of a guitar string. When you pluck the string, it takes a few seconds to stop oscillating (low damping), right? You can stop that oscillation faster if you grab the string hard (high damping), or you can control the fade of the sound by touching the string lightly (medium damping).
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