# Practical uses of oscillator damping

1. Apr 17, 2013

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Hi guys,

The title says it all pretty much. I need to know a handful of practical uses for each of the following, in the context of oscillatory motion (springs, pendulums etc):
1) light damping
2) critical damping
3) heavy damping

2. Relevant equations

Light damping: w0^2 > 1/4 gamma^2
Heavy damping: w0^2 < 1/4 gamma^2
critical damping: w0^2 = 1/4 gamma^2

2. Apr 17, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

What are some of the examples that you've thought of so far? I can think of a number of examples, but this is your schoolwork assignment, so you should be doing the work...

3. Apr 17, 2013

Ah, you see it isnt my school work, im revising for my exam. I put it in the "General physics" thread earlier and it got deleted from there...so i put it here :(

4. Apr 17, 2013

As for examples, vehicle suspension is (i think) an example of critical damping. An automatic door closer thingy is an example of heavy damping maybe? I dont really know

5. Apr 17, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

That does not matter. *All* schoolwork-type questions go here in the Homework Help forums, and you are required to show your work toward a solution. That applies to points-paying homework, and it applies to studying problems in preparation for exams. We do not spoon-feed students here. You are required to show some effort.

6. Apr 17, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

That's a start. Think about more examples involving vehicle systems... All kinds of vehicles...

7. Apr 17, 2013

Whoa...hold up buddy, i wouldnt be doing a degree if I'm not willing to put in the effort lol... if you arent gona answer then its cool, i'll wait for someone to answer it or I'll move on, i havent got time to waste

8. Apr 17, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

No, we do not give answers to schoolwork questions. If you're not going to show effort, this thread is done.