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AU OpenCourseWare http://ocw.athabascau.edu Connors, Martin, Reading Notes on Vibrations and Waves. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University, 2010. Please use the following citation format: Connors, Martin, Reading Notes on Vibrations and Waves. (Athabasca University: AU OpenCourseWare). http://owc.athabascau.ca (accessed [Date]). License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike. Note: Please use the actual date you accessed this material in your citation. For more information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.athabascau.ca/terms
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PHYS 302 : Unit 5 Reading Notes – Athabasca University 1 PHYS 302: Vibrations and Waves – Unit 5 Reading Notes French, A. P. Vibrations and Waves . New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1971. Chapter 5: Coupled Oscillators and Normal Modes (pp. 119–135, up to “Many Coupled Oscillators”). Chapter 5: Coupled Oscillators and Normal Modes Our work so far has addressed simple systems with only one natural frequency. More complex systems have the possibility of many natural frequencies. You may be able to think of circumstances in which one part of a system vibrates at one frequency and the other parts vibrate at another frequency. In our study here, although two or more possible frequencies exist, we will think of the entire system as vibrating at only one frequency at a time. This is called a normal mode . Later, we will see that more than one normal mode may be active at a time, but for now we will deal with vibration at only one frequency at a time. The simplest case—with only two coupled oscillators— already shows most of the characteristics of the general case, which may have many oscillators.
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