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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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### Seesaw pendulum period

If I have a rigid pendulum of length $L$, with the pivot point set somewhere along $L$ and a mass at each end how do I calculate its maximum speed and its period? I want to make a counterbalanced slow ...
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### How to derive the time period equation for a spring mass system taking into account the mass of the spring without involving energy analysis?

I want to know the way to derive the time period equation of a spring mass system accounting for the mass of the spring but not using the energy analysis method but by proceeding in the same way as we ...
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### Harmonic motion equation - non-null right hand side

Considering the following motion equation : $$\ddot x + \frac{a^2 b^2}{c^2} x = -V \frac{a b}{c^2}$$ where $a$, $b$, $c$ and $V$ are all constant. One can identify the ...
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### Springs acting on a car [closed]

I am trying to solve a problem but I can't figure out why the answer comes out to be what it is: A man of 80kg enters a car and compresses the 4 springs of the car, causing a change of 1,2cm from ...
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### Why is the damping force acting on an oscillating system opposite in direction to velocity and not acceleration?

So far I know that the damping force is a frictional force that opposes motion and so it acts in the opposite direction to velocity . Bit why can't the same be said for acceleration doesn't the ...
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### Mechanical energy in an harmonic wave and in normal modes

I think I miss something about energy of a mechanical wave. In absence of dissipation the mechanical energy transported by an harmonic wave is constant. $$E=\frac{1}{2} A^2 \omega^2 m$$ But, while ...
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### Oscillation of a simple pendulum [closed]

What is maximum possible time period of oscillation of a simple pendulum on earth? Please elaborate your answers.
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### How to form the matrix representation of $|O|^3$

I'm interested in getting the matrix representation of the absolute value of an operator. I know the matrix representation of the operator $O$. Now how do I take its absolute value?
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### The “harmonic paradigm” in physics

Disclaimer: I know this is a vague question, so if this is not the appropriate thread, please direct me to the correct one. On page 5 of Anthony Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell he speaks of ...
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### Relation between Qualiy factor and FWHM

I know how to show that the Quality factor $Q=\omega/\nu$ of a damped harmonic oscillator (for example like in this link: http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/315/Waves/node11.html). What I don't ...
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### Pendulum and simple harmonic motion

I have a physical pendulum that, for small oscillations, can be modeled with the simple harmonic motion approach. In determining the motion equation, I need to figure out the amplitude: I know that ...
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### Common basis for angular momentum and Hamiltonian, harmonic oscillator

Suppose a two dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator. We define the angular momentum operator as $L = XP_y - YP_x$, where $X,Y$ are the position operators and $P_x,P_y$ are the momentum operators. ...
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### Relationship between zero modes and symmetry in a simple system of coupled springs

This Wikipedia page states that "zero modes appear whenever a physical system possesses a certain symmetry," and gives the example of a ring of beads connected by springs having a zero mode associated ...
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### Does damping force affect period of oscillation?

In my physics notes, it has been given that the damping force increases the period of oscillation. I am unable to understand this part. How is this possible? The only relation I know is that as the ...
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### Independence of Period and Amplitude in Simple Harmonic Motion

In Simple Harmonic Motion, the period $T$ of an oscillation, is said to be independent of the amplitude $A$ of an oscillation, but why is that so? Attempting to derive from the equations of Simple ...
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### Eigenstates of a shifted harmonic oscillator

Let's say I have a quantum harmonic oscillator $H = \omega a^\dagger a$, where $a^\dagger$ is the raising operator and $a$ is the lowering operator and $H |n\rangle = \omega n |n\rangle$. Now assume ...
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### Why is the simple harmonic motion idealization inaccurate?

While in my physics classes, I've always heard that the simple harmonic motion formulas are inaccurate e.g. In a pendulum, we should use them only when the angles are small; in springs, only when the ...
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### Is this a valid way for deriving the ODE for a lattice vibration of a one dimensional crystal?

Consider the following lattice: I want to derive a differential equation that describes the forces acting on the $n$-th atom in the lattice. Each atom is coupled to its neighbour ($n+1,n-1)$ by a ...