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Homework Help: Small Oscillations about the equilibrium point:

  1. May 14, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    v(x)= (1/x^2) -(1/x) Find the frequency of small osciallations about the equilibrium point

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have so far worked out the equilibrium point is at x=2, to get this i differentiated v(x) and solved it, but could anybody help me on how i could work out the frequency of small oscialltions for this problem?
  2. jcsd
  3. May 14, 2012 #2
    It's been a while, but I think I know what's next. You need to approximate the function around the point x=2. Do a taylor series and hopefully the higher order terms are much smaller than the quadratic term. From here you can call it a simple harmonic oscillator.
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