# Questions tagged [harmonic-oscillator]

The term "harmonic oscillator" is used to describe any system with a "linear" restoring force that tends to return the system to an 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 damping force on a spring oscillator linearly dependent on velocity?

If you consider the damping force is friction like in: then the force should be $$F=\mu N$$ where $\mu$ is the coefficient of kinetic friction. Why then is the damping force assumed to be linearly ...
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### 2D harmonic oscillator having 4 constants of the motion and superintegrability

A 2D harmonic oscillator \begin{align} H=p_x^2+p_y^2+x^2+y^2 \end{align} has 4 constants of the motion: $E$ the total energy, $D$ the energy difference between coordinates, $L$ the angular momentum ...
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### Harmonic Oscillator driven by a Dirac delta-like force

Consider that there is no damping for simplicity. As we know, a driving force of the form $\sin(\omega t)$ will make the oscillator at steady state vibrates at the external frequency $\omega$. What ...
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### Velocity and acceleration in SHM

Can velocity and acceleration reach maximal values during the SHM simultaneously? Can you explain why?
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### Is the energy really infinitely large in a measurement of the energy immediately after the measurement of the position?

For instance, assume the particle rests on the ground state $\psi_0 (x)$ of a one-dimensional simply harmonic oscillator around the origin of axes $x=0$, and once we measure the position of the ...
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### Is this oscillator driven?

A mass $m$ is attached to a vertical massless spring or a spring constant $k$. Originally, the spring was relaxed because the mass was held by a clip. Suddenly the clip was released. THe mass dropped ...
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### Faster than critical damping for harmonic oscillator?

The image below shows damping for spring oscillator with Hooke law F=-kx and damped with F=-cv where: k is spring constant x is oscillator position c is damping coefficient v is velocity of oscillator ...
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### Energy Conservation of waves at a boundary

Consider a wave traveling on a string with velocity $\upsilon$ and mass density $\rho$ having unit length so that the mass of the string is $\rho$. Considering the string to be a simple harmonic ...
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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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### Help understanding what the Hamiltonian signifies for the action compared with the Euler-Lagrange equations for the Lagrangian?

Consider the Lagrangian for a simple harmonic oscillator \begin{equation} L (x,\dot{x}) = \frac{1}{2}m\dot{x}^2 - \frac{1}{2}kx^2 \end{equation} Obviously we have \begin{align} \frac{\partial L}{\...
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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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### Hamiltonian of quantum harmonic oscillator with $\psi(x)=\delta(x)$: comparison to classical mechanics

I was just reading the question Why can't $\psi(x)=\delta(x)$ in the case of a harmonic oscillator? The accepted answer says that $\psi(x)=\delta(x)$ is a mathematically valid state, though it's not ...
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### Do Hermite polynomials imply a weight for quantum harmonic oscillator wavefunctions?

I know that solutions of quantum harmonic oscillator can be expressed in the form of Hermite polynomials. But I recently came to know that Hermite polynomials are actually orthogonal polynomials ...
So, short and sweet, I've been reading the path integrals book by Feynman and Hibbs, and one of the elementary problems they ask is to calculate the classical on-shell$^1$ action of a harmonic ...