hi all. Some clarification on this would be helpful to get me going in the correct direction. For a specified system, I'm trying to prove that the time it takes for the system to decay to 1/e of its original value (which works out to ~36.8%), takes a certain amount of time. The actual values are unimportant but the process is. I have gone through my classical mech book-- 4th ed of Marion Thornton, as well as my diff/eq book-- 5th ed of Nagle, Saff, Snider, and of course my waves and oscillation text-- A.P.French, and cannot decipher what seems-- or I thought would be-- a fairly straightforward problem. I'm not schooled/skilled in latex, so please bear with my "hand version." I've taken the time derivative of the energy, and get a m/s^3 function for my acceleration value. With the values for b, k, and m, I do not get the time I'm looking to prove. m*x_dbldot + b*x_dot + k*x = 0 Where x(t) = (A*exp(omega*t) +B*exp(-omega*t) The rate given for decay to 1/e is: E/delta_E Where delta_E is given by -b*E/(m*nu) where nu is given by omega_o/2pi. I've also tried the quality value Q for this. I know I'm missing something, but can't quite identify it. A detailed explanation of this would be deeply appreciated. Best regards, Thank you.