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Why is a sine wave considered the fundamental building block of any signal? Why not some other function?

It is mathematically possible to express a given signal as a sum of functions other than sines and cosines. With that in mind, why does signal processing always revolve around breaking down the signal ...
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Showing that a mass moves a half cycle

Consider a mass $m$ at position $x(t)$ on a rough horizontal table attached to the origin by a spring with constant $k$ (restoring force $-kx$) and with a dry friction force $f$ $$\begin{cases} ...
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overdamped oscillation [on hold]

When harmonic oscillation is over-damping where $\gamma^2-\omega^2>0$, $x$ is $x = A_e\gamma+t + B_e\gamma−t$ where $\gamma(\pm)= \gamma\pm\sqrt{\gamma^2-\omega^2}$ which is real number. $t=0, ...
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What determines the point of energy spillover to higher modes of a standing wave resonator?

One of the better known physics demonstrations for standing wave resonance is the singing rod . By holding the rod exactly in the middle the demonstrator constrains the first mode of excitation - the ...
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Kater's pendulum graph

I was told that the graph of position vs period must be a straight line in Kater's pendulum, but my findings are more curved, also after searching in google graphs are like parabolas, my question is ...
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Small oscillations of heavy string

I'm solving problem in classical field theory and I have some difficulties. I'm trying to study small oscilations of heavy string with fixed points. First of all I wrote down this Lagrangian: ...
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Are there any fully analytically solvable nonlinear oscillators?

I'm trying to find a simple one-dimensional problem, in which a particle would oscillate with some energy, and the period of oscillation would depend on particle energy (unlike in harmonic ...
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Oscillation of a Bose Einstein condensate in a harmonical trap

We were asked to try to make a theoretical description of the following phenomenon: Imagine a 2D Bose Einstein condensate in equilibrium in an harmonical trap with frequency $\omega$. Suddenly the ...
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Atoms - deflection from the equilibrium state - oscillation [duplicate]

A homogeneous, spherical electron cloud describes an atom (radius $a_0$ and total charge $^−e $ and positive point charge$^+e$ as the nucleus. An external electric field stimulates the electron ...
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Analytical mechanics with SR

Is there an analytical mechanics with SR? Of course you can write down the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian of a free particle. What about non-free? Are there any problems? To be specific: what would the ...
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Equation for vibrating cantilever in SHM

what is the equation connecting the period of oscillation of a ruler/cantilever with its length? my relation indicates that $T\propto L^2$ but i dont know if it is good
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Approximations in simple pendulum

In the approximation $$-(g/ \ell) \sin \theta \approx -(g/ \ell) \theta $$ we make an error $R$ which is $O(\theta ^3)$. If i did well my calculations it is estimated by $$R\leq|(g / ...
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What creates the chaotic motion on a double pendulum?

As we know, The double pendulum has a chaotic motion. But, why is this? I mean, the mass of the two pendulums are the same and they have the same length. But, what makes its motion random? I'm just ...
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Why are springs shaped as they are? [duplicate]

It must have something to do with Hooke's Law and their tendency to have a restorative force as equal to the distorting force as possible; but I'm not sure. Help please?
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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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What is the qualitative cause for a driven oscillator to have a max. amplitude during resonance?

The steady-state motion of a driven oscillator is given by;$$x =\underset{\text{amplitude}} {\dfrac{F_0}{m({\omega_0}^2 - {\omega}^2)}} \cos\omega t.$$ As we see, the amplitude becomes maximum when ...
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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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Why is $x=C\cos(\omega t)$ the solution of $m\frac{d^2 x}{dt^2}+kx=F_o\cos(\omega t)$ though lacking two arbitrary constants?

I was studying undamped oscillator with harmonic driving force at the steady-state condition. It can be expressed in the form of differential equation as:$$m\dfrac{d^2 x}{dt^2}+kx=F_o\cos(\omega t).$$ ...
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What is the mechanism of subharmonic oscillations?

It's clear to me from linear systems theory that energy manifested within a fundamental mode of resonance can saturate with the excess energy spilling over into harmonic frequencies greater than the ...
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Resonance peak broadening due to losses: physical reason

I wonder why when losses are present in a oscillator, the width of the resonance peak is broadened. More precisely: why, when losses are present, can the amplitude reach nearly the maximal one (the ...
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In general terms, what key elements are necessary for resonance to exist in a physical system?

I found a related question An Analogy for Resonance, and John Rennie gives a good explanation using description of the harmonic oscillator. But I'm really looking for an accurate and complete list of ...
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Polarisation by Reflection - oscillation direction

I'm currently studying polarisation by reflection, and have come across two pieces of information from the same source, which I can't seem to understand on how they differ. The oscillation direction ...
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Definition of mechanical impedance

Mechanical impedance is in the simplest (yet common) case defined as: $$ Z_m = \frac{F}{v} $$ where $F$ is force (let's assume 1D case) and $v$ velocity of the object (let's assume point of mass). ...
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How to calculate the period of the movement from a potential?

I have an assignment, where I have an object moving in 1-D with a given mass and energy, and the potential V(x), and I'm supposed to calculate the period of the movement as a function of the energy ...
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Calculating pendulum rate variation due to change in force of gravity over arc of swing

Hi all and thank you in advance for any insight into this problem. I'm a journalist working on a story on precision pendulum clocks and specifically on the isochronism of pendulums. I note that the ...
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Does the human body have a resonant frequency? If so, how strong is it?

Inspired by this question on Music beta SE, I'm wondering if the human body has a strong resonant frequency. I guess the fact that it's largely a bag of jelly would add a lot of damping to the system, ...
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Energy dissipation in damped oscillator (not driven by any external force)

If I have a damped oscillator (with no driving force), the energy of the oscillator will decrease like: $$E(t)=E_0e^{-\gamma t},$$ where $E_0$ is some initial energy and $\gamma\in\mathbb R^ +$. We ...
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Analysis of motion of a body moving on a string?

I was wondering about something I observed yesterday. To give some background, one of my hobbies is slacklining. This is essentially like tight-rope walking but with a one inch piece of (in this case ...
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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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Ratio of oscillation amplitudes of a box on a gasket to floor

So the problem is that I have a box and I put it on a gasket to preserve it from vertical oscillations. The gasket is compressed by the box by a quantity of $h$. The floor is oscillating at frequency ...
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Quantum Harmonic Oscillators

I'm having trouble with quantum harmonic oscillators and I'm not sure how to approach these questions: . I'd really like to get my head around these concepts but I'm struggling to understand fully. ...
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How does the phase of an alternating current change when flowing through a multi-layered material?

I have questions regarding the properties of the alternating electrical current in the following imaginary experiment: There is an AC (sinusoidal wave with frequency $f = 5\ \mathrm{Hz}$). I would ...
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Does a pendulum oscillate in liquid [duplicate]

What will the rate of oscillation be in the liquid? I know that it won't be equal to that of air. I have done a couple of internet searches and couldn't get a satisfactory answer.
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Period of a simple pendulum accounting for friction

The period of a simple pendulum is $$T=2\pi\sqrt{\ell/g},$$ but no where in there do I see that it accounts for friction. Does it somehow account for friction, and if not, how could you do that?
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Will a violin string keep vibrating for a longer time in vacuum than in air?

Hitting a string of a violin or a guitar will cause that string to vibrate, but after short time the amplitude of the vibration will decay, consequently the produced sound will die out. I suppose ...
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What is a full cycle in damped oscillation?

Maybe it seems a dumb question, but I can't understand what the cycle in a damped oscillation is? Let's take an example: In harmonic motion, one cycle is the smallest distinguishable part of wave ...
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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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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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Damped oscilator - logarithmic decrement of damping [closed]

Could you please tell me, where is the mistake? What is the logarithmic decrement of damping $Λ$ of damped harmonic oscillator, if its mechanical energy decreases to the 50% of its initial value ...
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Is an oscillation the same as a period?

Is one oscillation from peak to trough to peak again or is it just peak to trough? Doing a homework question and want to be sure I have the right definition
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Building a Crystal Radio Questions

I have been reading several books and articles about building a crystal radio and the explanations about the inner workings of the circuit seem vague. All articles and books mention the coil and the ...
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The universality of the Stuart-Landau equation to describe nonlinear oscillators

I have read numerous papers which boldly suggest that the Stuart-Landau equation can be successfully used to model any weakly nonlinear oscillating system near a Hopf bifurcation. Even thought it has ...
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Frequency resonance of Bones, and other parts of the human body [duplicate]

Today in class we were learning about states of matter. I found out that in a solid the atoms are vibrating. This caused me to think about how crystal glass will break if an opera singer sings high ...
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Period of Paper Motion

A threatening note written on 8.5x11 inch paper is pinned to the door of a physics professor. The perpetrator left in a hurry so that when the physics professor finds the paper it is still swinging. ...
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Reflected and refracted light have same frequency as that of the incident light frequency. Why?

My text book says- When a monochromatic light is incident on a surface separating two media, the refracted and reflected light both have the same frequency as the incident frequency. Can anyone ...
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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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Physical interpretation of initial conditions for damped mass-spring system

I have background in pure mathematics so my question is about physical meaning. If we consider equation for damped mass-spring system, it is linear ordinary second order differential equation. So to ...
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How does the X-Y mode of an oscilloscope work?

I recently used an oscilloscope in X-Y mode to draw the phase ellipse of two voltages. I then used the formula $\phi = \arcsin(2y/B)$ where $y$ is the value of the ellipse at $x = 0$ and $B$ is the ...
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Calculate damping constant / coefficient

I am trying to graphically simulate a series of springs in 2D. Now one of the forces I am stuck with calculating is the damping force. The given formula is $F = -k_d v$. I know that $v$ is the ...