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Spectroscopy hookes law, derivation?

  1. Jun 1, 2015 #1
    hi, i am a lillte confused why the equation for hookes law is


    where does c come from?


    - slide 8.


    also, is there any particular reason why we use reduced mass?
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  3. Jun 2, 2015 #2


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    This is not a Hooke's law, rather a result you can get by solving the motion equation for an oscillator assuming it obeys Hooke's law (so it is a harmonic oscillator).

    I don't see where the c comes from either. Using reduced mass makes calculations much easier for the system made of two oscillating objects (as compared to the system containing one object oscillating around some equilibrium position).

    Moving thread to physics.
  4. Jun 2, 2015 #3

    Ah I found it. by definition wavenumber is v/c and that gave the equation 'c'
  5. Jun 3, 2015 #4


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    They stated ν is frequency, not wavenumber.
  6. Jun 4, 2015 #5

    yeah thanks, they did. I think they are wrong.
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