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Homework Help: Inverse Laplace of a Mass-Spring System

  1. Jun 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Given a transfer function in the Laplace Domain

    Detemine an expression for x(t), given f(t) is a sinusodial input with frequency omega = root(k2/m2) and amplitude of 1 N (initial conditions equal 0)

    2. Relevant equations

    Inverse laplace 1/s^2 = t.u(t)
    Inverse laplace (omega/s^2+omega^2) = sin(omega.t) . u(t)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I divided the transfer function by m2 to obtain omega^2. I then brought the F over to the LHS as a sin function in the laplace domain (omega/s^2+omega^2). I have obtained the following equation


    What is the next step? I am given inverse laplace transforms for 1/s^2 and omega/s^2+omega^2
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  3. Jun 18, 2010 #2


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    First, I think you have a small error in your equation. I get


    since [itex]m_1m_2s^4+(m_1+m_2)k_2s^2=m_2s^2[m_1s^2+(m_1+m_2)\omega^2][/itex]

    Second, use partial fraction decomposition. Say


    and find the constants [itex]A[/itex], [itex]B[/itex], [itex]C[/itex] and [itex]D[/itex].
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