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## Homework Statement

I'm doing a lab report on resonance and I'm trying to find the damping constant and damping factor. I measured as many amplitudes(A) for successive oscillations as possible and graphed amplitude number (n) vs. ln(A)

The hint read:

Part 1:Using equation 5, Plot a graph of amplitude number n vs ln(A) (the amplitude in

any units of convenience). The starting amplitude should be marked as n = 0.

Part 2:Now, by assuming that phi = 0, derive an equation for t in terms of w

_{o}, gamma and the observed amplitude number n. The starting amplitude corresponds to n = 0, so the next amplitude would be n =1 etc. Once you obtain the equation for t, rewrite equation (5), so that an equation relating n and y is obtained. By taking natural log of both sides, an equation of a straight line can now be obtained. Now do some algebra to obtain expression for gamma interms of the slope of this straight line. Measure the slope of your graph and hence get the value of gamma.

## Homework Equations

equation 5: y=(Ce

^{-gamma*t}).(cos(w't - phi))

where w' = sqrt(w

_{o}

^{2}- gamma

^{2})

## The Attempt at a Solution

So I've graphed amplitude number n vs ln(A) and it gives negative gradients. i used this value as my gamma but because its negative value it gives me a value of < 1 for my damping constant, d and d should be >1

is the slope of the graph not meant to be gamma??

i cannot figure out how to do part 2 of the hint (rearranging formulas to get necessary expressions)