harmonicoscillators[1] - Applied Mathematics 2101...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Applied Mathematics 2101 Supplement on identities relevant to harmonic oscillators The behavior of forced harmonic oscillator systems (whether L-R-C electronic circuits, spring dashpot mechanisms like shock-absorbers in automobiles, or instruments to detect vibrations like seismometers) is usually represented by the superposition of sinusoids. Superposing two sinusoids of the same frequency It is hard to visualize the superposition of sinusoids unless they have the same zero- crossings. However, the sum of two sinusoids of the same frequency but different amplitudes and phases can be written as a single sinusoid, with phase and amplitude derived from those of the summands. For understanding a response, we may wish to write, for example, A cos t + B sin t as R cos( t- ). We use the identity cos( - ) = cos cos + sin sin . Begin by expanding R cos( t- ) using the identity: R cos( t- ) = R cos t cos + R sin t sin ....
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 11/02/2009 for the course APMA 2102 taught by Professor Keyes during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online