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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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 ...
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normal force on a physical pendulum [duplicate]

I have read and understood that a normal force has got nothing to do with torque on a physical pendulum. But I can't understand in which direction the normal force points to. Can someone help? This ...
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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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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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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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When a particle oscillates with simple harmonic motion, the period of the oscillation is [closed]

When a particle oscillates with simple harmonic motion, the period of the oscillation is... a) ...directly proportional to the displacement from the origin b) ...directly proportional to the ...
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Why does a bungee jumper continue to move downwards beyond the equilibrium position of the jumper and cord?

When a bungee jumper jumps, ignoring the mass of the bungee cord, the jumper initially falls in freefall before an inelastic collision occurs between the jumper and cord, and the cord extends as the ...
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Resonant Frequency of 2 mass spring system

So the question goes if I has a spring with spring constant $k$ and two masses attached to this spring (one on either side) what is the resonant frequency of the system in terms of $m$ and $k$? ...
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Why do standing waves only occur in some specific conditions?

In the string which has both end fixed then the end point have to be $n (\lambda/2)$ from the beginning point in order to have standing waves. I know it has to start with a node and end with a node, ...
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Cause of SHM of liquid-column in V-tube

Suppose there is a v-shaped tube filled with water. The left limb is at $\theta_1$ & the right limb is at $\theta_2$ with the horizontal base. Initially, the level of water in both the columns are ...
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Why do the ladder operators in harmonic oscillators work?

The Hamiltonian can be diagonalized by transforming $x$ and $p$ to $a$ and $a^\dagger$. I understand how one proceeds from there to find the spectrum of $a^\dagger a$, the ground state $|0\rangle$ and ...
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Spring pendulum - why is it possible to use this equation?

It is known that, when we describe the spring pendulum, we are bound to use the formula $T = 2\pi \sqrt{m/k}$, however, we can go further and set $\omega = \frac{2\pi}{T}$ I ponder why is this ...
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Equation of Motion for spring-cylinder-mass system [closed]

Hello, I hope someone can help me with this question, to find the equation of motion of the disc for small angular rotations. The mechanism comprises of a uniform circular disc of mass $m$, spring ...
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Damped Simple Harmonic Motion Proof? [closed]

I was reading about damped simple harmonic motion but then I saw this equation: $$-bv - kx = ma$$ $b$ is the damping constant. Then it said by substituting $dx/dt$ for $v$ and $d^2x/dt^2$ for $a$ we ...
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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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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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Damped Pendulum (generalised)

I know the differential equation for the swinging of a simple pendulum: $\displaystyle\frac{\partial^2\theta}{\partial t^2} + \left(\frac{g}{L}\right)\sin\theta = 0$ where: $L$ is the length of ...
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Annihilation operator in harmonic oscillator

In Wikipedia's QHO page there is a moment when the following is stated: I don't know why "the ground state in the position representation is determined by $a|0\rangle=0$". I would say that the ...
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Simplest explanation of pendulum having a constant time period at low angles

What is the simplest explanation for the pendulum having a constant time period at low angles?
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Physical motivation for one dimensional SHM superposition

Are there any real life, simple and mechanical system which motivate the study of Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) superposition in one dimension? I am preparing a lecture about it but I have not seen any ...
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Initial value in rescaling differential equation

I've re scaled the simple harmonic oscillator differential equation as below: original equation: $d^2x/dt^2+\omega^2x=0$ re scaling factor: $\omega t\to t'$ re scaled (dimensionless) equation: ...
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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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Simple harmonic waves

When a simple harmonic progressive wave is travelling through medium,then each succeeding particle lags in phase before the preceding particle.Can anyone expain how does it lag? Thanks…
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Do you know the principle which says that connecting two sources of similar kind produces a waste and destruction? [closed]

There is a great article, called commutation cells, which states that you cannot transfer kinetic energy from one container to another immediately, bypassing the potential energy storage. Otherwise, ...
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Deriving eigen values of $\hat{N}$

So let's say we have an operator $\hat{a}$ (ladder operator), where $\left[\hat{a},\hat{a}^\dagger\right] = 1$, and $\hat{a}^2 |\phi\rangle = 0$. How do I show that the eigenvalues of ...
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SHO in QM and Klein Gordon field in 1+0D QFT

The SHO in QM with mass $m=1$ has action $$ S[x] = \int dt \frac{1}{2} \dot x^2 + \frac{1}{2}\omega^2 x^2 $$ by integration by parts we see this is the same as 1 dim Klein Gordon QFT action with ...
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Phase difference in SHM between spatial coordinate and velocity

In simple harmonic motion the spatial coordinate $x(t)$ and the velocity $v(t)$ have a phase difference of $\frac{\pi}{2}$ and I'm totally ok with that. But I also saw that the difference in the phase ...
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Velocity in harmonic motion - Why are these angles congruent?

I learned about harmonic motion and I found the derivation of the formulas: And so, the velocity in harmonic motion is the projection of the velocity in angular motion. The only thing that is not ...
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A conceptual doubt regarding Forced Oscillations and Resonance

While studying about the Resonance and Forced Oscillations, I came across a graph in my textbook that is given below:- Now, the author writes As the amount of damping increases, the peak shifts ...
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Amplitude of damped driven harmonic oscillator [closed]

I have a question that I can reason physically but mathematically I am not sure if my approach is correct. The amplitude of the oscillator is: $$A(\omega) = \frac{QF_{0}}{m}(\frac{1}{\omega_{0} ...
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What information am I losing out when I assume that the displacement in S.H.M. is small?

While making calculations for simple harmonic motion, we take the force as $F=F(x)$. Then we use Taylor's expansion and calculate as follows: $$\begin{align} F(x) &=F(0+x) \\ & = ...
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Why doesn't mass of bob affect time period?

The gravitation formula says $$F = \frac{G m_1 m_2}{r^2} \, ,$$ so if the mass of a bob increases then the torque on it should also increase because the force increased. So, it should go faster and ...
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Degrees of degeneracy of energy values

Let us consider the harmonic oscilator in three dimensions whose hamiltonian is: $$H = \dfrac{1}{2m} \mathbf{P}^2+\dfrac{m\omega^2}{2 }\mathbf{R}^2.$$ The nicest way to solve the eigenvalue equation ...
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Which coordinate is to be considered for the energy of simple pendulum?

For an simple harmonic oscillator energy can be represented as in picture. Consider in particular picture (b) with the energy as a function of the coordinate $x$. Consider now a simple pendulum. The ...
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Three dimensional isotropic harmonic oscilator Hamiltonian

Let us consider the Hamiltonian for the isotropic three dimensional harmonic oscilator: $$H = \dfrac{\mathbf{P}^2}{2m}+\dfrac{m\omega^2\mathbf{R}^2}{2},$$ where $\mathbf{P}$ and $\mathbf{R}$ are the ...
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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 ...
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Free particle and harmonic oscillator coupled

I'm currently playing with a toy model given by the Lagrangian $$L=\frac{m\dot{x}^2}{2}+\frac{m\dot{y}^2}{2}+\frac{1}{2}m\omega^2x^2+x y,$$ which is basically a free particle (described by $y(t)$) and ...
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Variation of the effective spring constant of a trampoline-like arrangement of springs with diameter

I'm currently investigating the simple harmonic motion of the following system of springs: The second diagram represents the center mass executing simple harmonic motion up and down about the ...
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Possible duality between Harmonic oscillator and free particle?

There is some connection between classical non-interacting harmonic oscillator (OH) and the free particle in higher dimensions? I was studying statistical mechanics and I came across the idea that ...
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Instantaneous energy eigenstates for forced harmonic oscillator

I'm interested in applying the adiabatic theorem to the forced harmonic oscillator with time dependent hamiltonian of the form: $$H(t) = \hbar \omega(a^{\dagger}a + \frac{1}{2}) - f(t)a - ...
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Quanta exchange between 2 harmonic oscillators during an Otto cycle

The focus of my current studies lies on the "Quantum Otto cycle" (e.g. presented on the first pages of this paper). The "machine" as well as the "baths" are represented by harmonic oscillators. Both ...
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Pendulum on a train

I've seen multiple questions about a pendulum on a train and most say to use $T = 2 \pi (L/F)^{1/2}$ and I have done this to compare the pendulum's periods before being on a train and then once its on ...
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Ladder Operators

I want to show that the following formula for the ground state $\psi_0$ of the harmonic oscillator is valid:$$<\psi_0,\hat x^{2n}\psi_0>=\frac{(2n)!}{2^{2n}n!}(\frac{h}{m \omega})^n$$Ok I want ...
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Ideas for a Torsional Spring

For a physics laboratory I have been tasked with building an effective torsional pendulum that must be able to time up to five minutes. I have been researching the best materials to use for the ...
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Driven harmonic oscillator [closed]

Given the Hamiltonian of a loaded particle $$\hat H = \frac{\hat p^2}{2m}+eE(t) \hat x + \frac{1}{2}m\omega^2 \hat x^2$$ show that The time dependent expected values $\langle \hat p\rangle$ and ...
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Real-World Example for the Horizontal Spring-Block Oscillator

I am wondering whether there exists a spring that behaves like those shown in a multitude of physics textbooks, where a mass stretched/compressed to a certain point oscillates back and forth in some ...
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Why can some oscillations be modeled by Simple Harmonic Motion, while others cannot?

For some oscillators an increase in the driving amplitude changes the period (frequency) of the oscillation, but the simple harmonic oscillator does not predict this type of behavior. Why?
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Frequency of oscillator

We are given an undamped simple harmonic oscillator, and two positions $x_{1}, x_{2}$ with the corresponding velocities $v_{1}, v_{2}$. We want to find its frequency in terms of the $x_{i}$ and ...