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Oscillations from Potential

  1. Oct 6, 2009 #1
    1. U(x)=U0(x/a)^1000000
    Find the period for a mass m, if it has total energy E

    2. E=U+K

    3. dE/dt=0=v[mdv/dt+dU/dx]

    Im really stuck on this one, im not sure what to do at all talked to my proffessor he says just to re-read the chapter but if im honest ive always been one to learn through examples which he hasnt given us, any clues would be most appreciated!
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  3. Oct 7, 2009 #2


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    Is this a spring and mass problem, or a pendulum problem or what? Please post more details and the relevant equations in more detail, and show us how you have tried to start the solution...
  4. Oct 7, 2009 #3
    its a SHM probelm, well i tried
    then i think im meant to guess a value for x(t) but im not really sure/
  5. Oct 7, 2009 #4
    First I suggest that you express the potential energy as:

    [tex]U(x)=\frac{U_0}{a^{k+1}}x^{k+1}[/tex] where in our case [tex]k+1=1000000[/tex]

    Use the following theorem:


    And from there all that remains is to solve a tricky differential equation. I'm trying it myself, it looks interesting.
  6. Oct 7, 2009 #5
    If E=U+K
    is this the right way about, im not sure how to do this integral.
  7. Oct 8, 2009 #6
    This system doesn't look to be SHM.
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