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Torsional oscillator

  1. Sep 20, 2014 #1
    Hey guys,

    I'm new here so id just like to say hello my name is John.

    Anyway, I'm writing a lab report on a torsional oscillator with magnetic dampers, and I'd like to know some historical background on natural frequencies and damping. Does anyone know who the first physicist to study oscillation was? I thought it would be Hooke, but I'm not sure. Also the first physicist to study damped harmonic motion would be cool. Lastly, a list of all the applications of natural frequency would be help my report with a more globalized perspective (mainly modern stuff like oscillations of atoms in metals or something). Any information or a good website link would be appreciated.

  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 20, 2014 #2
    The earliest recorded research is by Galileo, early to mid-17'th century. Another early researcher is Huygens, mid- to late 17th century.
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