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Practical uses of oscillator damping

  1. Apr 17, 2013 #1
    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
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2013 #2

    berkeman

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    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...
     
  4. Apr 17, 2013 #3
    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 :(
     
  5. Apr 17, 2013 #4
    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
     
  6. Apr 17, 2013 #5

    berkeman

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    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.

    Please post your work and thoughts on this problem.
     
  7. Apr 17, 2013 #6

    berkeman

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    That's a start. Think about more examples involving vehicle systems... All kinds of vehicles...
     
  8. Apr 17, 2013 #7
    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
     
  9. Apr 17, 2013 #8

    berkeman

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

    Thread locked.
     
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