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Homework Help: Relationship betwen SHM frequency and harmonic oscillator freq.

  1. Feb 21, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Relate the frequency of a harmonic oscillator (spring) to that of a simple harmonic oscillator (pendulum) Show all derivations.

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    Not exactly sure how to go about this...is it saying that a spring isn't a SHM...because I thought it was. Please help me understand!
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  3. Feb 21, 2012 #2


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    welcome to pf!

    hi songbird7! welcome to pf! :smile:

    i think they're getting at the distinction mentioned in wikipedia
    If F is the only force acting on the system, the system is called a simple harmonic oscillator …​

    since a spring can be damped, its motion wouldn't be simple harmonic :wink:
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