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Homework Help: Vibration and Waves: Springs

  1. Jan 27, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For a mass m hung vertically from a spring with spring constant s, the restoring Force is F=-sx where x is the displacement from equilibrium.

    a)What are the periods of the two harmonic oscillators i) and ii).
    b)Assuming eaqch oscillator is moving with the same Amplitude A which has the greater total energy of oscillation and by what factor is it greater?

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I just don't really know if there is any difference between i) and ii) but there has to be since all the following questions build up on it. But how can I prove that mathematically?
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
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  3. Jan 27, 2008 #2

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    The first thing you need to do is figure out the effective spring constant of those two spring configurations. Analyze how the force depends on the displacement: F = k' x.
  4. Jan 27, 2008 #3
    Yes, I got it now.
    The series one adds as in series therefore 1/stotal=1/s1+1/s2 and the other one like parallel therefore stotal=s1+s2.
    Wouldn't have thought this because experience actually told me that it shouldn't be so much of a difference... I mean ii) has 4 times more total energy than i).

    But now I'm stuck at a new problem.

    A damped oscillator of mass m=1,6 kg and spring constant s=20N/m
    has a damped frequency omega' htat is 99% of the undamped frequency omega.

    a) What is the damping constant r?
    As far as I know \omega ' = \sqrt{ \omega ^2 - \frac{b}{2m}}
    But were to go from here?
    edith: Ok, got that now.

    therefore b = (0.99^2-1)*(s/m)*(2m)*(-1) which in this case is 0.796.

    b)What is the Q of the system?
    Q=\sqrt{mass * Spring constant} / r
    But again I would have to find r from a) which I can't really figure out.
    Ok, with a) answered I got Q to beeing 7.1066

    c) Confirm that the system is lightly damped.
    I think a system is lightly damped if omega' is about euqal to omega, but this can't really be the answer here. Because thats whats stated anyways since 99% is "about equal" isn't it?

    d) What new damping constant r_{new} is required to make the system critically damped?
    Again, I couldn't find any definition on the web or in my notes what critically damped means.

    f)Using r_{new} calculate the displacement at t=1s given that the displacement is zero and the velocity is 5 ms^-1 at t=0.
    No clue here.

    Note:How can I insert Tex in this forum?
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
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