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Solving exponential simultaneous equations

  1. Apr 15, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The actual problem shows a graph however I can state all the information. The graph is of a sinusiodal waveform where the amplitude is decaying exponentially. The formula for the graph is given by the equation:

    T = Ae-Ktsin(wt + ø)

    The question is to find A,K,w and ø

    Being quite confident in sinusoidal waveforms I can tell you that:

    w = 40 x pi or 125.66 (whichever tickles your fancy)
    ø = -1.885

    However im stuck with the A and K.

    Assuming that the maximum peaks occur when sin(wt + ø) = 1 then:

    0.23 = Ae-K0.0275

    0.08 = Ae-K0.0775

    I now have 2 points to solve simultaneously for A and K.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    0.23/0.08 = Ae-K0.0275/Ae-K0.0775

    2.875 = e-K0.5

    K = (1/0.5) x ln(2.875) = 2.1121

    When you plug this back into the two equations however you get two different answers for A and A is supposed to be a constant. Can anyone see where im goign wrong here?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Apr 15, 2009 #2
    Oops! That should be e0.05k in the second line. When dividing two powers you subtract the exponents. Also, if we pretend that the 2nd line was right, then the 3rd line is missing a negative in front of the fraction.

    But anyway, there should be no negative:

    [tex]2.875 = e^{0.05k}[/tex]

    [tex]k = \frac{ln(2.875)}{0.05} = 21.121[/tex]

    Now you should get a single value for A.

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