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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density of states of 3D harmonic oscillator

for the first red box, shouldn't be $\epsilon^2 =\epsilon_{n_x}^2 +\epsilon_{n_y}^2 + \epsilon_{n_z}^2 + 2\epsilon_{n_x}\epsilon_{n_y} + 2 \epsilon_{n_x}\epsilon_{n_z} + ...
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Is it possible to write the fermionic quantum harmonic oscillator using $P$ and $X$?

The Hamiltonian of the quantum harmonic oscillator is $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{P^2}{2m}+\frac{1}{2}m\omega^2X^2$$ and we can define creation and annihilation operators ...
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Does Kinetic energy of a simple harmonic motion system change if mass is removed?

Let's say you have a mass oscillating with 50 joules of potential energy in the system. If you remove half of the mass (without applying any forces), will the simple harmonic motion system retain all ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion Mass and Amplitude [on hold]

You (mass m1 = 77.5 kg) stand on a platform of mass m2 = 21 kg. The platform executes simple harmonic motion with a period of 2.55s. WHen the platform is at maximum displacement, you step off the ...
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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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Finding the spring constant in SHM question [closed]

This question has got me confused, due to the fact that it says that the particle starts off at a negative amplitude, passes equilibrium, then has a positive velocity while moving back towards ...
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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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How can I find the equation of motion? [duplicate]

There is a point of mass moving in the xy-plane with harmonic forces acting in x- and y-direction $F_x=-m\omega^2x$ and $F_y=-m\omega^2y$. At the same time there is an additional force acting in the ...
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Differential equation with IVP for a movement in the $xy$-plane. Need help [closed]

There is a mass point moving in the $xy$-plane and there are harmonic forces acting in the $x$- and $y$-direction $$K_x=-m\omega^2x$$ and $$K_y=-m\omega^2y$$ and at the same time there is an ...
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Pendulum on the moon, (Highschool)

A simple pendulum used as a clock, set with the correct time at earth, was sent to moon, it was noticed that it is late 36mins for each hour on earth. Calculate the ratio between acceleration of ...
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Lax representation of the harmonic oscillator

Peter Lax showed that the differential operators $$L=-6\partial_x^2-u,\quad B=-4\partial_x^3-u\partial_x-(1/2)u_x$$ fulfilling the Lax equation $$\dot{L}+[L,B]=0$$ is equivalent to the KdV equation ...
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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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Trick for reformulating in terms of centre of mass and relative variables

I am working through a problem that has caused me difficulties in the past. I have the Hamiltonian $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{p_1^2}{2m_1}+\frac{p_2^2}{2m_2}+\frac{k}{2}(q_1-q_2)^2$$ I want to express the ...
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Coupled Oscillators

This is an exercise of my last exam. Since I couldn't find anybody who solved it or knows how to, it would be really nice if somebody could tell me if my thoughts on it go into the right direction. ...
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Finding the phase space density of $N$ harmonic oscillators

Consider a system of $N$ identical harmonic oscillators in 1d. The Hamiltonian will be given by $$\mathcal{H}_N=\sum_{i=1}^N \frac{p_i^2}{2m}+\frac{m\omega^2}{2}q_i^2$$ Now supposedly the Hamiltonian ...
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Where is there posted dampening coefficients for viscous dampers?

Depending on the size of the viscous dampener the coefficient will change, however i am trying to model a "physical" system with calculating everything out, so that way i can test failure before it ...
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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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Simple Harmonic Motion - What are the units for $\omega_0$?

I'm trying to understand the units in: $$mx''+kx=0$$ And the general solution is $$x(t)=A \cos(\omega_0 t)+B \sin(\omega_0 t).$$ Let $\omega_0 =\sqrt{\frac{k}{m}}$ - the unit for the spring ...
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What are the units of the creation and annihilation operators?

The creation and annihilation operators - also known as ladder operators are; $ \hat{a}^\dagger$ and $\hat{a}$ respectively. Using the equation $\hat{H} = \hbarω\left(\hat{a}^\dagger \hat{a} + ...
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Pendulum at an angle

A pendulum has a period of $T$ when swinging from a string. The pendulum is now placed on a frictionless incline at a 30 degree angle. What is the new period of the pendulum?
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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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How to find the spring coefficient of a simply supported beam?

So I've been searching wikipedia and google but nothing can show how to find the spring coefficient of a simply supported beam with a uniformly distributed load. The spring coefficient, $k$, is ...
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Usage of concept of static deflection on classical mechanics (ex. SHM based problems)

Can anyone explain how the concept of static deflection (static displacement) is used in problems of SHM? Explanation by/with an illustration would be even the more helpful. Thank you
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Spring Stiffness Calculation Problems

This may sound like a trivial question but please hear me out. I am trying to model a 1 DoF electromagnetic vibration sensor (geophone) analytically and with finite elements. A geophone consists of ...
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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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Using fluid mechanics to show that force is directly proportional to velocity

So I am writing a paper about viscous dampers in harmonic oscilators, however I was looking at some old fluid mechanic notes and I thought I had come across what I needed although I have gotten stuck. ...
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3D Quantum harmonic oscillator

For an isotropic 3D QHO in a potential $$V(x,y,z)={1\over 2}m\omega^2(x^2+y^2+z^2).$$ I can see by independence of the potential in the $x,y,z$ coordinates that the solution to the Schrodinger ...
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“Equidistant” spectra in quantum mechanics [duplicate]

In one-dimensional quantum mechanics, it seems that the only kind of potential able to produce an "equidistant" spectrum, i.e. with $E_{n+1}-E_{n}=\text{constant}$, is the harmonic oscillator. Why is ...
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Why is the harmonic oscillator so important?

I've been wondering what makes the harmonic oscillator such an important model. What I came up with: It is a (relatively) simple system, making it a perfect example for physics students to learn ...
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Is it possible to derive the angular frequency of a simple harmonic oscillator using total energy?

I want to show that $$\omega=\sqrt{\frac{k}{m}}$$ using the fact that $$E=K+U=\frac{1}{2}mv_x^2+\frac{1}{2}kx^2=\frac{1}{2}kA^2.$$ The issue is that I have derived a formula that isn't ...
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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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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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Using creation and annihilation operators to prove the expression for the $n$th excited state in terms of the vacuum state

How does one prove that the $n^{th}$ excited state of a quantum harmonic oscillator (QHO) can be obtained by applying the creation operator $a^{\dagger}$ $n$-times to the vacuum state $\vert ...
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Has anyone published the procedure to generalize ladder operators for any potential in Schrodinger's equation?

I know that the ladder operator for the quantum harmonic oscillator \begin{align} H\psi_m = \left(\dfrac{p^2}{2m}+\dfrac{1}{2}m\omega^2x^2\right)\psi_m=E_m\psi_m \end{align} is \begin{align} A = ...
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Can an object experience torque when the only applied external force is at its axis of rotation (IOW, where $F \times r = 0$)?

This question came up because of this diagram that I saw in my textbook of an angular simple harmonic oscillator. I've always struggled a bit with torque and rotational dynamics in general, and I ...
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Reflection of Sound wave (Pressure Wave)

I want to study about the phenomenon of reflection of pressure waves as in an open ended organ pipe. Please suggest a suitable resource? I know about the harmonics in a stretched string and I can use ...
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Is the usually taught solution to forced harmonic motion just a special solution?

Let's say we have a mass on a spring being driven by a forcing function. Given hook's law, $F = -kx$, and a forcing function of $$F(t) = F_0\sin(\omega t) .$$ We can write: $$ m\frac{d^2x}{dt^2} = ...
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Finding time period of oscillations in a multiple spring system attached to a solid cylinder [closed]

A solid cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $R$ is kept in equilibrium on horizontal rough surface. Three unstretched springs of spring constant $k$, $2k$, $3k$ are attached to cylinder as shown in the ...
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Effective mass in Spring-with-mass/mass system

Suppose you have a particle of mass $m$ fixed to a spring of mass $m_0$ that, in turn, is fixed to some wall. I'm trying to calculate the effective mass $m'$ that appears in the law of motion of the ...
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Problem about a spring which oscillates due to a external force [closed]

A person holds a spring of stiffness $k= 80$ N/m by its extremity A; In the other end there is a mass of $0.5$ kg. The spring is initially at equilibrium, when the person starts to shake the ...
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discrepancy in theoretical and natural frequency?

In an experiment to determine the natural frequency of a spring-mass-pulley system, why would the experimental natural frequency (found using 1/time) be greater than the theoretical natural frequency ...
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Can the logarithmic decrement be found from extension of spring?

Consider a spring-mass system in which a mass hangs freely from a spring fixed to a ceiling. Can the logarithmic decrement be found simply from the extension of the spring? The only parameters known ...
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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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Meaning of “vacuum state”?

I just learned about $|0\rangle$ and siblings $|0_\gamma\rangle$ and $|0_\infty\rangle$ while studying coherent and squeezed states in a QM class, and I have a question about the meaning of ...
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Effect on Q factor and resonant frequency when scaling down a damped oscillator to micro / nano scales

I've always just accepted that as you scale down a mechanical system the frequency and Q factor both increase. But how exactly do they scale? Linearly? With the square of reduction in size? Or maybe ...
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Acceleration of Simple pendulum [closed]

A simple pendulum starts its motion from one extreme when it left at extreme it starts its motion towards the extreme and its velocity become increase and become maximum at mean position and also ...
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Quantum harmonic ocillator and the mean energy U(T)

The energy of a quantum harmonic oscillator is given by: $$E(n)=\hbar\omega\left(n+\frac{1}{2}\right)$$ The canonical partition function is given by: $$Z(T)=\sum_{n=o}^\infty e^{-\beta ...
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How to calculate the resultant movement of a superposition of harmonic oscillators?

If $x_{1}(t) = \cos(\omega t - \frac{\pi}{6})$ and $x_{2}(t) = \sin(\omega t)$ are two simple harmonic oscillators in the same direction and with the same angular frequency $\omega$, how to ...
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Mass-Spring system on an accelerating jet

Imagine a perfect mass spring system. If it's put on an accelerating plane, how will the motion change? Is the plane's acceleration like a driving/damping force, where: $$F_{\text{driving}} = ...
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Amplitude-Frequency curve

Given a resonance curve just like this: Could someone explain to me what the physical meaning of the intersection with the ordinate is? At first glance I would say it has to be $(0 | 0) $ since ...