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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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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Transition from the second excited state to the ground state in 3d oscillator [on hold]

The problem: 3d harmonic oscillator is in a second excited state. Suddenly a perturbation is applied which depends only on the length of the position vector $|\vec{r}|$. Can the oscillator fall into ...
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What is the equation for a vibrating musical string? [closed]

Can one define the equations of motion for a vibrating musical string? If so, how? For simplicity, assume this string vibrates as an ideal sine wave and ignore the complexity of actual timbres like a ...
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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 ...
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What is the time period of an oscillator with varying spring constant?

It is well known that the time period of a harmonic oscillator when mass $m$ and spring constant $k$ are constant is $T=2\pi\sqrt{m/k}$. However, I would be interested to know what the time period ...
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Derive Equation For a Cantilever in SHM

I am currently investigating how a hacksaw blade's time period of oscillation changes when I add mass to the end of it or when I change the length it is clamped at. I found the following equation ...
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Conventionally, how many amplitudes does a (harmonic) oscillator pass through in one full cycle? [closed]

I don't know the typical scientific convention. My book says there are 4 amplitude. But no matter where I start the oscillator , the answer is at most 3.
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How to derive the period of spring pendulum?

So I wanted to find out how to (simply, if that's possible) derive the formula for a period of spring pendulum: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{m}{k}}$. However, Google doesn't help me here as all I see is the ...
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Harmonic oscillator ensemble

Suppose we have an ensemble of classical 1D harmonic oscillators, with displacement $x = A \cos(\omega t+\phi)$, where the phase angle $\phi$ is equally likely to be any angle between $0$ and $2 ...
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Harmonic oscillator :Two masses are attached to one unfixed spring from both sides (vertically) [closed]

while ($t<0$) the system is still ($\Sigma$ F=0). Mass $m_2$ is held while $t<0$. Mass $m_1$ is located $h_0$ meters above the ground and the spring is currently stretched $L$ meters. The ...
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Does spatial coupling prohibit resonances due to an external source field?

The harmonic oscillator coupled to a sinodial external source $$\frac{\partial^2 x(t)}{\partial t^2}+\omega_0^2 x(t)=F_0\sin(\omega_\text{ext}\ t),$$ has the solution $$x(t)=x(0)\cos(\omega_0 t)+C ...
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Confusion about the resonance

I get confused with the concept of resonance. Many materials suggest that in order to achieve resonance, the system must undergo simple harmonic force ($F=F_0\sin(\omega t)$), and at the natural ...
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Coupled quantum harmonic oscillator

Given the following Hamiltonian for two identical linear oscillators with spring constant $k$ and interaction potential $\alpha x_1x_2$; I was asked to find the expectation value $\langle ...
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Spring stiffness calculation problems

I am trying to model a 1 DoF electromagnetic vibration sensor (geophone) analytically and with finite elements. A geophone consists of springs, a permanent magnet and coils. The coils are suspended ...
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Eigenstates of a harmonic oscillator

Using ladder operators, I can find eigenstates $\psi_n$ with eigenenergies $$E_n=\hbar\omega\left(n+\frac{1}{2}\right). $$ In my textbook, ladder operators work like $$ a\psi_n = c_n \psi_{n-1}$$ $$ ...
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Period for small oscillations is like simple harmonic motion

In Arnold's book on mechanics there is the following problem: Consider the period of oscillations near a minimum $E_0$ of the potential energy function $U$. Then he says to compute the limit of ...
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Hooke's Law and Simple Harmonic Motion

Can anyone explain how the following formula is derived and what it means? $$x'' = -n^2x $$ I was reading through my high school physics textbook and I stumbled upon a section on Hooke's Law. It says ...
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Do I have some freedom when I define the quantum SHO ladder operators? [closed]

I tried to solve the quantum harmonic oscillator via the operator method. After doing it and looking up the solution I noticed that for some reason the ladder operators got an additional factor of (i) ...
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Evolution operator for time-dependent Hamiltonian

When I studied QM I'm only working with time independent Hamiltonians. In this case the unitary evolution operator has the form $$\hat{U}=e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}Ht}$$ that follows from this equation $$ ...
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Very confused about effective spring constant

I know that for springs in parallel, the effective spring constant is $k_1+k_2$ and for springs in series the constant is $1/(1/k_1+1/k_2)$. But there are some weird problems where finding the ...
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Is it true that spring has more force acting on it at its positive maximum amplitude than than at the negative one?

Am I missing something? It seems obvious to me that at $+A$ and $-A$, the spring has restorative forces equal in magnitude but opposite in direction. But since gravity is always pulling it down, ...
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Dynamics of a Vertical Mass-Spring Simple Harmonic Oscillator with Gravity

I am having some trouble obtaining the elastic potential energy and gravitational potential energy of a simple mass spring system. In this experiment, masses attached to a spring were dropped from a ...
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Is harmonic oscillator continuous variable system?

In the literature I have seen that the notions "our system is continuous variable system", "Hilbert space of our system is infinite" were used as if they were equivalent. For example for harmonic ...
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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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How is a string in string theory different from a harmonic oscillator or a point?

I am reading String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction by Becker, Becker and Schwartz. I've tried to read this book before but not succeeded because I didn't know enough math or physics. This ...
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Is the electron-hole pair a 1D quantum oscillator or 3D oscillator

I'm trying to use fluctuation dissipation theorem to describe spontaneous photon emission process by electron-hole recombination in semiconductor material. I notice that all the references using such ...
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What will be the equation of motion of driven pendulum for amplitudes beyond the small angle approximation?

When finding the period of a pendulum beyond the small angle approximation, we have to use integration for small interval of $\theta$ and elliptical integration. I was trying to apply this situation ...
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Is there an analog to the Runge-Lenz vector for a harmonic potential?

The Runge-Lenz vector is an "extra" conserved quantity for Keplerian $\frac{1}{r}$ potentials, which is in addition to the usual energy and angular momentum conservation present in all central force ...
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Angular momentum for 3D harmonic oscillator in two different bases

I know that the energy eigenstates of the 3D quantum harmonic oscillator can be characterized by three quantum numbers: $$ | n_1,n_2,n_3\rangle$$ or, if solved in the spherical coordinate system: ...
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Free energy of coupled classical harmonic oscillators

I'm looking to find the thermodynamic (NVT) free energy of a classical coupled harmonic oscillator system such as the one below: (image taken from ...
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Derive frequency given potential using Newton's laws

A mass with mass $m$ has a potential energy function $U(x)$ and I'm wondering how you would find the frequency of small oscillations about equilibrium points using Newton's laws. I started by finding ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion in Special Relativity

I was trying to see what results I would get if I were to incorporate relativistic corrections into the case of a harmonic oscillator in one dimension. I thought that if the maximum velocity of the ...
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Different hamiltonians for quantum harmonic oscillator?

The Hamiltonian for a classical simple harmonic oscillator is $$ H = \frac{p^2}{2m} + \frac{1}{2}m\omega^2x^2$$ With the usual choice of the ladder operators $$a = ...
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Hamiltonian related to Riemann zeta function [closed]

using the eigenvstates of the Harmonic oscillator could we give a meaning to the Hamiltonian $$ H=\log(a.a^{+}+1) $$ here $ a$ and $ a^{+}$ are the creation/anihilation operators with commutation ...
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Strange Behavior in Spring Computer Model

To learn more about oscillatory motion which I am learning about in my high school physics class, I have created a computer model of a damped spring where the damping force is proportional to ...
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Pendulum Wave Period

Recently I've seen various videos showing the pendulum wave effect. All of the videos which I have found have a pattern which repeats every $60\mathrm{s}$. I am trying to work out the relationship ...
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Creating an arbitrary state of the quantum simple harmonic oscillator

Suppose $\mathcal{B}=\{|0\rangle, |1\rangle, |2\rangle, ... \}$ is the energy eigen-basis of a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. I want to create the state \begin{equation} |\Psi\rangle = ...
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Finding the wave function of a quantum harmonic oscillator [duplicate]

How can I find the wave function of a quantum harmonic oscillator? If I measure its energy several times, my measurements will change the state of a system. All I know are the possible states, given ...
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Why doesn't mass of bob affect time period?

Please correct me if I'm going wrong - By the gravitation formula: $F = \frac{G m_1 m_2}{r^2} $, So if the mass of a bob is greater then the torque on it should increase because the Force increased ...
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The classical correspondence in the harmonic oscillator

In the harmonic oscillator, the ground state is the one with minimum uncertainty (and also other squeezed states that satisfy the 'equal to' in the Heisenberg inequality). This should mean that these ...
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Undamped Resonance of a Classical Harmonic Oscillator

Consider an undamped harmonic oscillator. It may be driven at it's natural frequency, $\omega_0^2 = \frac{k}{m}$. According to Feynman, and other sources, were this to happen, the amplitude of the ...
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Creation and annhilation operator in the Heisenberg picture

I am trying to calculate the time evolution of the creation/anni. operator in the Heisenber picture. On this webpage http://quantummechanics.ucsd.edu/ph130a/130_notes/node191.html, they used the ...
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General solution of a mass spring system

This is the differential equation that describes small amplitude vertical oscillations of a mass $m$ that is hanging from a spring $$\frac{d^2x}{d t^{2}} + \frac{b}{m}\frac{dx}{dt} + \frac{k}{m} x = ...
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Periodically connected QHO's

I've recently been thinking about what happens when you connect quantum harmonic oscillators in a periodic way. I'm actually thinking about when you take a mass-spring system (which can easily be put ...
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Constructing a dispersion relation from the Hamiltonian

I'll begin by saying that I'm not entirely clear on if this is possible. I have a Hamiltonian of the form $$ \left( \begin{array}{cccc} \text{$\omega $1} & \text{J12} & 0 & \text{J14} \\ ...
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Occurance and disappearance of degeneneracies in a periodic structure of (quantum) LC circuits

Introductory part I'm currently studying an analytical model of coupled LC circuits, in preparation for actually performing measurements on such structures. While the final goal will struggle with a ...
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Oscillation frequency of a dipole

So I have found the potential to be: $U(x) = \frac{\mu_0 m_2 m}{4 \pi} (\frac{1}{(d+x)^3}+\frac{1}{(d-x)^3})$ Afterwards I have found the position which minimized the energy to be $x=0$. (By doing ...
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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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What is the physical reason that the undamped driven oscillator has mean power zero?

The instantaneous power absorbed by an undamped driven oscillator is given by:$$\mathbf{P} =-\omega\dfrac{F_o/m}{{\omega_0}^2 -{\omega}^2} F_0 \sin{\omega t}\cos{\omega t}$$. But my book says the mean ...