I have a damped linear oscillator, originally at rest in its equilibrium position [therefore, x(0)=0 and x'(0)=0]. It is subjected to a forcing function:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

F(t)/m =

{0, if t<0

{a(t/tau), if 0<t<tau

{a, if t>tau

I have to find the response function. However, when I attempt to find the step function H(t), I will end up with 0 as my constants [because of the a(t/tau) when t=0], therefore, saying that there is no step function.

The textbook and my lecture notes are not great aids at solving this problem. Please provide me with any tips to getting started, or anyusefulwebsites.

Thank you.

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# Homework Help: Response Function for a Damped, Linear Oscillator

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