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Homework Help: Lowest angular frequncy

  1. Jun 21, 2012 #1
    My question is; why for a system oscillating in a normal mode does the lowest angular frequency relate to the particles in that system oscillating in phase. I understand that the signs of the corresponding vector are the same,but what relation is it to the lowest angular frequency.

    Thanks for any suggestions
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  3. Jun 21, 2012 #2
    Please refer to Einstein modes. Normal mode can have any frequency (not only lowest one).
  4. Jun 24, 2012 #3
    But the question ask: why for in-phase motion is the associated angular frequency the lowest, intermediate or highest (obviously there are 3 normal modes). The answer is the lowest angular frequency, but the question then asks; is this to be expected? ie why is the lowest angular frequency associated with in phase motion
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