# Mass/Spring System Damping Constant

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A mass weighing 32 pounds stretches a spring 6 inches. The spring constant is equal to 64 lb/ft.The mass moves through a medium offering a damping force that is numerically equal to $$\beta$$ times the instantaneous velocity. Determine the values of $$\beta$$>0 for which the spring/mass system will exhibit oscillatory motion.

2*$$\lambda$$=$$\frac{\beta}{m}$$

$$\omega$$$$^{2}$$=$$\frac{k}{m}$$

$$\lambda$$$$^{2}$$ - $$\omega$$$$^{2}$$>0 is overdamped

$$\lambda$$$$^{2}$$ - $$\omega$$$$^{2}$$=0 is critically damped

$$\lambda$$$$^{2}$$ - $$\omega$$$$^{2}$$<0 is underdamped

1 slug = 32 pounds

I've solved that $$\beta$$ is equal/less than/greater than 2*$$\sqrt{k*m}$$=32, but I don't understand when it will or will not have oscillatory motion.