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Homework Help: Turning points of a classical harmonic oscillator

  1. Oct 7, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The turning points of a classical harmonic oscillator occur when the potential energy is equal to the total energy, correct?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Oct 7, 2007 #2


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    Because kinetic energy and thus velocity is then zero. (Alternatively, for the classical oscillator, maximum PE would be at maximum displacement, which defines a "turning point".)
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