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Unformatted text preview: The differential equation (k/m)x = (d^2x)/(dt^2). Later, someone correctly guessed that it would resemble a sine function. x=A sin w t 5. What is special about the timing of a harmonic oscillator as the oscillations die down? The period of time for each cycle remains constant, even when the motion itself is slowing down. 6. Why must clocks be wound? Friction and air resistance and other factors tend to make them slow down. These factors turn the energy into heat. 7. Who answered the question of why a pendulums swing does not depend on its mass? Isaac Newton. 8. What are the 2 conditions for stability? No net force, disturbing this must produce a force to push it back to where it was 9. What type of motion results in the disturbance of a stable system? Simple harmonic motion...
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