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SHM w/ complicated restoring force

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Homework Statement
An atom of mass m is bonded to surface immobile body by electromagnetic forces. The force binding the atom to the surface has the expression:

[tex] F= exp\ (a\cos z + b\sin z) + d\tan(z) [/tex]

where a,b, and d are constants and z is upwards. The equilibrium point is defined to be z=0. The system is subject to Earth's gravity

For small oscillations, give an approximate expression for the binding force on the atom.

The attempt at a solution
Ok so in class we were taught to do the Taylor Series expansion on F(x) and keep the linear term so you can get something that looks like F=-kx . So I got this after doing Taylor Series expansion:

where [tex] F' = (-a\sin z + b\cos z) exp\ (a\cos z + b\sin z) + d\sec^2 (z) [/tex] then evaluate at z=0 then final result is :

[tex] F(z)= (b exp(a) + d )z [/tex]

Since [tex] F(0) [/tex] is always 0 at the equilibrium I took that out of Taylor series and ignored higher order terms.

Now I'm not sure if I'm going about this the right way? Can someone please tell me if I did this right or not? Much appreciated I love this forum!
 
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Answers and Replies

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diazona
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You've got the right idea, but you seem to have computed F' incorrectly. Take another look at that calculation.
 
  • #3
How is F' wrong?? :S please explain I just used the chain rule
 
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diazona
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It's wrong for the F that was in your post when I wrote mine. But after your edit, everything looks OK.
 
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Thanks
 
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