The term "harmonic oscillator" is used to describe any system with a "linear" restoring force that tends to return the system to a equilibrium state. There is both a classical harmonic oscillator and a quantum harmonic oscillator. Both are used to as toy problems that describe many physical systems.

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For a bob on a pendulum following simple harmonic motion, what causes the bob to accelerate towards the centre of equilibrium?

*The position of equilibrium being the position of the bob when the string is taut and vertically downwards. When I draw a simple diagram, I see that the tension of the string, which always acts ...
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Watertank waves

Say we have a rectangular tank of water and we push it lengthwise. Suppose the surface stays planar. What would be the trajectory of the centre of mass?
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Is it possible to write explicitly the exact solution for forced damped harmonic oscillator?

Preamble Consider a damped harmonic oscillator, with his well know differential equation \begin{equation*} m \ddot{x} + c \dot{x} + kx=0 \end{equation*} and let's find the solution that satisfies ...
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Number operator in quantum field theory?

The number operator, counting the number of quanta is defined as follows: $$ N = \int \frac{d^3 p}{(2\pi)^3} \hphantom{ii} a^{\dagger}_pa_p$$ with the momentum eigenstates being defined as $\lvert ...
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Quantum simple harmonic oscillator interpretation

I am just wondering what does the SHO system from quantum mechanics actually physically represent? Is it just a SHO of a quantum particle, seems a little too obvious for quantum theory? I'm from a ...
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Coupled oscillators and Normal Modes

Consider we have a system consisting of 2 arbitrary masses and 3 arbitrary springs connecting them horizontally and between fixed walls, and we want to obtain the motion of each mass after we input ...
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Cubic perturbation to coupled quantum harmonic oscillators

I recently came across this two-dimensional problem of a particle in a potential of the form $$V = \displaystyle{\frac{1}{2}m \omega^2} \big(y^2 + x^2y \big) - \alpha y,$$ where $x$ and $y$ are known ...
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Simple pendulum time period [duplicate]

The time period of a simple pendulum of infinite length is? Radius of earth: R gravitational acceleration : g
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How can I prove this inequality for a harmonic oscillator?

I need a hand with this problem. I have to prove that for a particle in any quantum state in an harmonic potential $$ \langle X\rangle \leq2\Delta E\Delta P/(m \omega^2 \hslash) $$ Here's my ...
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Period of swinging incomplete hula-hoop

I was working on a problem where I had to calculate the period of a swinging incomplete hula-hoop given its center of mass and radius. It only swings with very small amplitude so I considered the ...
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How to check if a system is in SHM in two spring systems?

I must determine if the system (a) is in SHM. I must arrive to the conclusion that there is a linear restoring force such that $a=-w^2x$. The solution's manual affirms that according to Newton's ...
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How do I incorporate friction and mass when analyzing spring motion?

Problem 12 of section B of this PDF file reads Two springs with spring constant k1 and k2 are attached to a body of mass (m) in two different configurations in 2 cases (A and B) as shown. ...
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$N$ classical Harmonic Oscillators in microcanonical ensemble in three dimensions

Is my expression for the Hamiltonian for $N$ classical harmonic oscillators correct in three dimension as I am trying to solve it in microcanonical ensemble ...
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What are the forces acting on a Pendulum Tuned Mass Damper?

Upon researching tuned mass dampers, I came across this free body diagram of a pendulum tuned mass damper. However, I don't understand where many of the forces come from. What exactly are the forces ...
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Deriving the particular solution for a damped driven harmonic oscillator [closed]

Consider a damped driven harmonic oscillator, for which $\beta = \omega_0/4$ and the driving force is given by $F = F_0\cos\omega t$ ($\omega_0$ and $F_0$ represent initial condition of those ...
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Proving $[a_k^\dagger, a_q^\dagger]=0$

I am trying to prove the commutation relations between the creation and annihilation operators in field theory. I was already able to show that $[a_k, a_q^\dagger]=i\delta(k-q)$. I want to show that ...
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Quantum harmonic oscillator doughnut shape

When phase-space trajectory is plotted for classical harmonic oscillator for p(t)=mx0ωcos(ωt +δ0), a circle is obtained. When done same for the quantum harmonic oscillator, why do we get a doughnut ...
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Energy in harmonic oscillator [closed]

The expectation value of the potential energy is exactly half the total according to Griffiths. Is that case always true for quantum harmonic oscillator? Is that the case also for classical harmonic ...
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Pendulum in Accelerating Elevator

I have been looking for this for quite some time now. A simple pendulum behaves in SHM. Let's put that pendulum in an upward accelerating elevator. The component of the force that acts in SHM ...
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Classical action of the simple harmonic oscillator

I have been calculating the classical action of the harmonic oscillator, the problem I have is that I am only able to solve it if I set the integration limits of the action integral to be $t=T$ and ...
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Definition of the quality $(Q)$ factor?

According to Wikipedia, the Q factor is defined as: $$Q=2\pi\frac{\mathrm{energy \, \, stored}}{\mathrm{energy \, \,dissipated \, \, per \, \, cycle}}$$ Here are my questions: Does the energy ...
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Question about massive spring and SHM [closed]

A mass $M$ is resting on the end of a spring with constant $K$. The mass of the spring is $m$, and the displacement of each element of the spring is proportional to the distance from the fixed end ...
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Pressure in Harmonic Oscillation

Classical Harmonic oscillator's energy depends on temperature as it equals $k_B$$T/2$. However, quantum harmonic oscillator energy is $(n+1/2)hf$. So, when T=0, quantum predicts motion. I have been ...
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Question about derivation of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

I am looking at the derivation presented here. The first thing I am unsure about is where the form of $\psi_0=Ae^{\frac{-m\omega x^2}{2\hbar}}$ came from. Also, is this form for all $\psi$, or just ...
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Is uniform circular motion an SHM?

I know the projection along a diameter is an SHM but is circular motion itself an SHM? If we consider the mean position to be the center of the circle then the centripetal acceleration is proportional ...
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Can the matrix element of the momentum operator be found in the momentum basis?

In Shankar's Quantum Mechanics example 7.3.4, the problem is to find $\langle n'\rvert P\lvert n\rangle$ for the harmonic oscillator. The answer contains imaginary parts; you can derive such an answer ...
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determining phase constants in SHM [closed]

A particle moves along the x axis. It is initially at the position $x$ of $0.300 m$, moving with velocity $v$ of $0.070 m/s$ and acceleration $a$ of $-0.330 m/s^2$. Suppose it moves with constant ...
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Simple harmonic motion frequency [closed]

I already did part a and b by using kinematics but I'm stuck for the next part A particle moves along the x axis. It is initially at the position 0.300 m, moving with velocity $0.070 m/s$ and ...
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Why do non-circular oscillations have angular frequency? [duplicate]

Why so the oscillations which are not circular also have angular frequency which is a quantity related to the circular motion? I have referred many articles related to simple harmonic motion where ...
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Why does the acceleration $g$ due to gravity not affect the period of a vertically mounted spring?

For a vertically mounted spring, I was looking at the formula $ T= 2\pi \sqrt{m/k}$ for a period. Why doesn't the gravitational acceleration $g$ factor in?
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Amplitude resonance

Why does amplitude resonance occur at a frequency lower than the natural frequency of a body? specifically, why is $w=\sqrt{w_0^2-2a^2}$ where $a=\frac{damping\space force}{2\cdot mass}$
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Integral over scalar product of eigenfunction of momentum operator and harmonic oscillator one

Recently I've met following expression: $$ \tag 2 \sum_{n}f(n)\int dp~ |\langle p | n\rangle|^{2} = 2\pi \sum_{n}f(n). $$ Here $|n>$ is eigenfunction of harmonic oscillator with energy $$E_{n} = ...
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Simple harmonic motion equation [duplicate]

I don't really understand this equation and was wondering if someone could help. The book says when the restoring force is directly proportional to the displacement the oscillation is called ...
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Analytical solution of Liouville's equation for classic harmonic oscillator - which book?

So the past five hours I've spend fruitlessly searching the web for any materials containing the analytical solution of the simple PDE: $$\frac{\partial f}{\partial t} - m\omega^2x\frac{\partial ...
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Damped Oscillations: Incoherence between a general solution and a specific one

In my 'Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, THORNTON/MARION, 5th Edition' book of classical mechanics it is given the following general solution for a damped oscillation solving ...
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What is the physical meaning of $a_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! 0 \rangle$

$a^\dagger_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! 0 \rangle = \mid \! p \rangle$ is interpreted as a creation of a particle with momentum $p$ from the vacuum. $a_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! p \rangle = \mid \! 0 \rangle$ is ...
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The period of a mass-spring system including a pulley [closed]

A spring with spring constant $k$ is attached to a mass $m$ as illustrated in the following four set ups: Calculate the period of the motion for each of them. In cases (1) and (2) the period ...
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Good source for numerical simulations of Wigner function?

I'm interested in simulating the time evolution of a Wigner function for a harmonic oscillator (and possibly some other potentials) and I can't seem to find a good resource for that. My background in ...
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Why is $\pi$ used when calculating the value of $g$ in pendulum motion?

I am trying to intuitively understand why $\pi$ is used when calculating the value of $g$ using the harmonic motion of a pendulum: $$g ~=~\frac{4\pi^2L}{T^2}.$$ Does it have something to do with the ...
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Driven-damped oscillator: deduce the phase and/or resonant freq from amplitudes at varying freqs

Suppose that we have a fairly standard driven-damped harmonic oscillator (i.e. linear spring restoring force, linear damping force, sinusoidal driving force, etc). The catch is: we don't know the ...
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What could be the applications of Damped Oscillation? [closed]

I've been researching on Damped Oscillation for a few days for a research paper, however I couldn't find any of its applications on the web, though there are few examples of it, but they couldn't be ...
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A driven quantum harmonic oscillator (DQHO) [closed]

I'm trying to find the dispersion relation for the DQHO with Lagrangian $$ L(q,\dot q,t)=\frac{1}{2}\dot{q}^2-\frac{1}{2}\omega q^2+F(t)q $$ with $F(t)$ being non-zero for $0<t<T$. The ...
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What is the significance of clamping the center of the spring?

7. A block is hung on a spring, and the frequency $f$ of the oscillation of the system is measured. The block, a second identical block, and the spring are carried in the Space Shuttle to space. ...
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Damped simple harmonic oscillator problem

I'm supposed to calculate and draw the phase space trajectory for this: for the two different cases when and . I've never done this sort of question before, how are they done? I've tried ...
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Quantum harmonic oscillator solved by analytic method using Schrödinger equation and wave function

I'm having trouble understanding the recursion formula. Using $\xi \equiv \sqrt{m\omega/\hbar}x$ and $K = 2E/\hbar\omega$, the time-independent Schrödinger equation becomes $$\frac{d^2\psi}{d\xi ^2} ...
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Decoupling the Hamiltonian by a Discrete Fourier transform

For $N$ coupled oscillators(periodic BC) whose Hamiltonian is given as $H=\sum\limits_{i=1}^N (\frac{p_i}{2m} + \lambda(x_{i+1} - x_i)^2)$ decoupling can be achieved by change of variables by using ...
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What is the dormant common ground between harmonic mechanical oscilators and electromagnetical ones?

When I learnt electromagnetic oscillators I couldn't help but notice that it has many common stuff with mechanical ones. I know that it had to have sinusoidal equations. I (firstly, without ...
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Unstable equilibrium in a pendulum

Consider a pendulum with a bob and a massless, rigid, hinged rod attached to the bob. The bob is at rest at the bottom most position. Neglecting friction, is it possible to impart such a velocity ...
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Simple harmonic oscillator, calculate the trajectory in real space

Potential of a simple harmonic oscillator: $$U=\frac{1}{2}k x^2$$ I'm asked to calculate the trajectory of a particle moving in this potential, with initial conditions $x(t=0) = 0$ and $v(t=0)=v_0$. ...
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Green function for simple harmonic oscillator

I'm interested in examples on how to use Green function (GF)for simple harmonic oscillator (SHO)? I am from undergrad physics, so I need a fundamental math and quantum mechanical application of GF ...