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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Resonance of a system featuring a collection of individual resonators?

Suppose you had a number of harmonic oscillators, each with different resonant frequencies in a system. Does this imply that their is an overall system resonance that is dependent on the individual ...
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Total energy of a simple pendulum proportional to the square of the amplitude? [duplicate]

It is known that in simple harmonic motion, the total energy of the system is proportional the square of the amplitude, but how can I prove that for a simple pendulum where amplitude is the arc length ...
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Mismatch between underdamped and critically damped solutions

If you have a harmonic oscillator with damping $D$ (e.g. small angle pendulum) $$\ddot{\theta}+D\dot{\theta} + \theta=0$$ then the solution I get in the underdamped case ($D^2-4<0$) is: $$\theta=\...
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Perturbation theory of $\lambda q^4$ perturbed harmonic oscillator

For a perturbed Hamiltonian $$ H = H^{(0)} + H' $$ the perturbation theory approach $$ \Psi = \Psi^{(0)} + \lambda \Psi^{(1)} + ... \\ E = E^{(0)} + \lambda E^{(1)} + ... $$ leads to the equations ...
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Simple harmonic motion versus oscillations

I want to see whether certain oscillations in my daily life, such as the oscillation of violin strings when plucked, are simple harmonic motion or not. Can we identify whether an oscillation is simple ...
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Physical interpretation of Fourier $[x(t)]$ where $x(t)$ is the position of mass $m$ as a function of time?

If a macroscopic body of mass $m$ moves according to a certain law of motion like, for example, $$x(t)=A\cos(2\pi ft)$$ then what physical interpretation can be attributed to the Fourier transform of $...
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Coupling of LC circuits

I am reading an old article in a physics journal in which the author explains that the frequency between two identical, but capacitively coupled oscillators becomes $\omega_\pm=\omega_0\sqrt{1\pm\...
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Why does the potential in simple harmonic motion contain only even powers?

The lecturer was showing that any system (almost) will behave as SHM if we move it by a small $\alpha$ from its equilibrium point. For doing so, he wrote the potential of the motion as $$U=U_0+\frac{...
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Spring-mass system with complex spring constant

Suppose a system containing a mass $m$ on frictionless surface, attached by a spring to a wall. The spring's constant is complex, given by $K = K_1 + K_2i$, with $K_1 \gg K_2$. Write the equation of ...
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Exact closed form solution to the quantum harmonic oscillator

I came across this question in Griffiths QM, which asked to show that this equation $$\Psi(x,t)=\left(\frac{m\omega}{\pi \hbar}\right)^{1/4} \exp\left[-\frac{m\omega}{2\hbar} \left(x^2+\frac{a^2}{2}(...
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Why does $\omega = \sqrt{V''(x_0) / m}$?

I know that in an equation such that $$\ddot{x} + \omega^2x = 0,$$ the angular frequency $ = \omega$. But why is that ever $ \sqrt{V''(x_0) / m}$? (where $x_0$ is the equilibrium point). I just saw ...
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An overdamped oscillator with natural frequency ω and damping coefficient γ starts out at position x0 > 0 [closed]

An overdamped oscillator with natural frequency ω and damping coefficient γ starts out at position x0 > 0. What is the maximum initial speed (directed toward the origin) it can have and not cross the ...
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Initial conditions for shm [closed]

This is the part of the question from the book that I am studying, "A mass of $0.75\:\mathrm{kg}$ is attached to one end of a horizontal spring of spring constant of $400\:\mathrm{N m^{−1}}$. The ...
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How to find frequency with only amplitude? [closed]

I came across the following problem earlier. A platform oscillates in the vertical direction with simple harmonic motion. It’s amplitude of oscillation is C. What is the range of frequency of ...
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Oscillating Ruler

I was bored in the office and stuck a ruler in my desk and started maing it oscillate. I noticed that when I looked at it from the top, there were some bands of color I observed (as in the pic below) ...
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Energy of driven dampened oscillator

Given the oscillator described by: $$m\ddot{x}+\gamma \dot{x}+kx=F_0\cos(\omega t)$$ And supposing the system is at it's stable state, I wish to calculate the following: 1) The system's energy at any ...
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Simple harmonic motion, maximum kinetic energy [closed]

Why kinetic energy is maximum at mean position?
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How to apply cutoff in path integral?

I am working on harmonic oscillator for quantum fluctuations (apart from clasical part), path may written as $$ S_q=\int_0^Tdt[(\partial_tq)^2+w^2q^2] $$ This may written as $$ S_q=\int dt(q\Delta q) ...
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Excitation source in 2D grid coupled harmonic oscillator

In A. Zee's Quantum field theory in a Nutshell, he describes the QFT analogy of a matress, a 2D grid of points $q_a$ connected by springs (first page of first chapter, $q_a$ is the vertical ...
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Motion of Thompson's jumping ring

Thompson's jumping ring experiment is set up as follows: There is a force acting on the ring $F(x)$ where $x$ is the vertical displacement. The force is due to the $90^\circ$ out of phase flux ...
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Pendulum's motion is simple harmonic motion

For a pendulum's motion to be simple harmonic motion (S.H.M.) is it necessary for a pendulum to have small amplitude or S.H.M. can be produced at large amplitudes as well? If it is really necessary ...
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Proportionality of states in quantum harmonic oscillator

What is the justification for $a_{\pm} \psi_{n}$ being proportional to $\psi_{n\pm1}$ in a quantum harmonic oscillator? Here $a_{\pm}$ is the raising/lowering ladder operator.
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Solution to Harmonic Oscillator

The damped oscillator is governed by the equation of motion: $\ddot{x} + 2\beta \dot{x}+\omega _{0}^2x=0$ where $\omega _{0}=\beta$ for an oscillator with critical damping. The solution is $x(t)= e^{-\...
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Driven harmonic oscillator problem : change of variables and expressing the extension of the spring

I'm struggling to understand the reasoning in question $b)$. Basically, I had to write Newton's Second Law and do a change of variables to put the equation of motion of a mass $m$ in a specific form, ...
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Spring-block system, simple harmonic motion, time period

In the case of simple harmonic motion of spring block system, why time period of the simple harmonic motion of the block is independent of acceleration of the system (spring-block system)?
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Calculating trajectory of particle moving in a potential (SHM)

I have been given the potential of a simple harmonic oscillator: $$V=\frac{1}{2}kx^{2}$$ I want to calculate the value $x(t)$ of a particle moving in this potential, with initial conditions $x(t=0)=...
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Response functions for the quantum harmonic oscillator

I'm going through problems in Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur, and have been trying to understand a problem on the forced quantum oscillator [$L = \frac{1}{2}\dot{x}(t)^2-\frac{1}{2}m\...
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Derive an equation related to magnetism [closed]

Solve the equations for $v_x$ and $v_y$ : $$m\frac{d({v_x)}}{dt} = qv_yB \qquad m\frac{d{(v_y)}}{dt} = -qv_xB$$ by differentiating them with respect to time to obtain two equations of the form: $$...
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Simulation of oscillator with frequency dependent damping

What would be the equation for the frequency dependent damping of harmonic oscillator? Is there something like: $$ \ddot{x}+2\delta\dot{x}+\omega_0^2x = \frac{F}{m}f(t) $$ with frequency dependent ...
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Probability current for electron in uniform magnetic field: wave function forever splitting apart?

In this document http://hitoshi.berkeley.edu/221a/landau.pdf on Landau levels, in section 4, page 19, "Transitionally invariant Gauge", they analyze the free electron in a uniform magnetic field ...
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Area of phase space of Harmonic oscillator

We all know that the phase trajectory of an undamped linear harmonic oscillator is an ellipse. But when we calculate the area of the ellipse we find it does not depend of mass of the particle. Why is ...
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Quantum harmonic oscillator - Where am I going wrong?

Find the relationship between $a_+\psi_n$ and $\psi_{n+1}$ My attempt: I was able to prove that $\int{(a_+\psi)^*(a_+\psi)dx} = \int{\psi^*({a_-a_+\psi})dx}\qquad\qquad (1)$ And, $(a_-a_+-\...
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Number of states in a given Landau level

For an electron in a uniform magnetic field, in free space, we seek to find the number of allowed states in a given rectangle $L_x L_y$ (for some fixed Landau level). In effect we are tiling 2-D ...
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$N$ coupled quantum harmonic oscillators

I want to find the wave functions of $N$ coupled quantum harmonic oscillators having the following hamiltonian: \begin{eqnarray} H &=& \sum_{i=1}^N \left(\frac{p^2_i}{2m_i} + \frac{1}{2}m_i\...
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Density of states of classical harmonic oscillator in phase space

Since all classical harmonic oscillators are ellipses in phase (position-momentum) space, and since the entire phase trajectory of a given system (with a fixed rigidity and mass factor) can be ...
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State time evolution of a quantum harmonic oscillator with a Dirac-Delta function as an initial state [closed]

I have a question just like this Phys.SE problem here with a difference that our system is a harmonic oscillator (rather than a free particle). A particle with mass $m$ is connected to a string with ...
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Why would the relationship between period and mass be important to you in a Simple Harmonic motion?

My lab's teacher always asks us why we're there at lab before the class starts. We already know the variables we're supposed to measure, so we frequently say (We used to say): "We want to find out the ...
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Would the system exhibit periodic motion? [closed]

A mass moving in one dimension has a potential energy given by :- $$V(x)=\frac{k_1}{2}x^2+\frac{k_{2}}{x}$$ where $k_1$ and $k_2$ are positive constants and $x>0$. Is this system exhibiting ...
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Zero-point energy amplitude calculation

On this page https://www.miniphysics.com/simple-harmonic-oscillator.html It is stated that for a linear restoring force of $F = -k \Delta x$, the total energy is $ E = K + U $ or rather $ \\ E = \...
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Where does this period formula come from?

I extend a warm greeting to all of you. I just carried out a simple harmonic motion experience at lab. We're told to find out the relationship between Period and Mass. That thing is I've always found ...
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Harmonic Oscillator propagator

I'm reading the book on Quantum Field Theory by Anthony Duncan, and I'm a little lost with something of propagators. He first define the propagator $K(q_f,T;q_i,0)$ as the amplitude of detecting a ...
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If electromagnetic waves can be generated by oscillation of a coil why can't light? [duplicate]

I was recently reading how electromagnetic waves are generated using oscillation of a current in an antenna. Why is it that this principle cannot be used to generate light?
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Retarded Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

Suppose there is a harmonic oscillator and at some time acts on him a force. The external force $F (t)$ being zero before $t = 0$ and after $t = T$ . The oscillator was in its ground state for all ...
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Average energy of a damped-forced harmonic oscillator during a period t

In my textbook, it's stated without proving the following identity for a classical damped-forced harmonic oscillator: $$ \bar{E}^t = \bar{T}^t + \bar{V}^t = 2 \bar{T}^t \, , $$ which states that ...
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Why doesn't the coupling spring provide restoring force in longitudinal oscillation of two masses?

I was reading longitudinal oscillations of two masses from Crawford's Waves. The displacement of $m_1$ is given by $\psi_a$ & that of $m_2$ is given by $\psi_b$. The differential equations ...
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Classical probability of harmonic oscillator

I am trying to derive the classical probability density function to find the harmonic oscillator at position $x$. I am confused between the random variables involved here $x, t$ and not able to ...
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Books on waves with Fourier Transforms [duplicate]

There are many waves and oscillations books out there that also include Fourier analysis but very few give the subject a thorough treatment, they just pass it in a few pages. If anybody has any ...
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Spring-mass system with variable stifness $m \ddot{x}+k(x)x=0$, time period is known, stifness is unknown

This question is somewhat related to my previous question: What is the time period of an oscillator with varying spring constant? In that question, time period of mass-spring system with variable ...
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Why is the wave equation so pervasive?

The homogenous wave equation can be expressed in covariant form as $$ \Box^2 \varphi = 0 $$ where $\Box^2$ is the D'Alembert operator and $\varphi$ is some physical field. The acoustic wave ...