# Lightly damped spring system Q

[SOLVED] Lightly damped spring system Q

1. Homework Statement

Consider a lightly damped mass-on-a-spring vibrational system. How should motion be initiated so that the amplitude of the spring is given by;

$$\Psi(t)=Ce^{-\frac{\lambda}{2}t}Cos(\omega_{r}t+\pi)$$

2. Homework Equations

3. The Attempt at a Solution

I don't really know what is being asked "how should motion be initiated". Anyways I tried finding the solution at t=0,

$$\Psi(0)=Ce^{-\frac{\lambda}{2}*0}Cos(\omega_{r}*0+\pi)$$

Which simplifys to $$\Psi(0)=-C$$ (as $$e^{0}=1$$ and $$Cos(\pi)=-1$$)

So is my answer just the spring should be stretched by aplitude C to give above equation of displacement? Thanks.

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