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Frequency of an electric dipole

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Homework Statement


Find the frequency of oscillation of an electric dipole, of dipole moment p and rotational inertia I, for small amplitudes of oscillation about its equilibrium position in a uniform electric field of magnitude E.

Answer: [(pE/I)^0.5]/(2*pi)


Homework Equations


I think that the relevant equations are τ = I α , τ = pEsinθ , and α is the second derivative of θ


The Attempt at a Solution


τ = I α
pEsinθ = I d2θ/dt2
Then I don't know where to go on from there. Am I even on the right track? Help?
 

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Homework Statement


Find the frequency of oscillation of an electric dipole, of dipole moment p and rotational inertia I, for small amplitudes of oscillation about its equilibrium position in a uniform electric field of magnitude E.

Answer: [(pE/I)^0.5]/(2*pi)


Homework Equations


I think that the relevant equations are τ = I α , τ = pEsinθ , and α is the second derivative of θ


The Attempt at a Solution


τ = I α
pEsinθ = I d2θ/dt2
Then I don't know where to go on from there. Am I even on the right track? Help?
For small values of θ, sin(θ) ≈ θ.
 
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For small values of θ, sin(θ) ≈ θ.
Oh, thanks! That's a big help! So from there, do I integrate the equation to solve for dθ/dt since dθ/dt = w? Then to find f I divide w by 2*pi?

EDIT: Nevermind, yay, I finally solved the problem! Thanks again for the help.
 
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