I've got a problem where I'm given some variables that I don't understand the value of. The formula is for horizontal displacement of damped oscillating objects. The values I'm not understanding are:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

(beta) = 0.1 sec^-1

(omega) = .05 sec ^-1

What does sec represent? seconds? secant?

I thought maybe it was .1 seconds raised to the negative 1 power, but the graph I get doesn't match the answer. I'm trying to put the formula into an excel spreadsheet. The full equation is:

x=x(naught)e^(-beta*time)*[cos(omega*time)+(beta/omega)sin(omega*time)]

I would appreciate any help on this.

Thx

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# What does sec^-1 mean?

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