(16) Three Spring-Coupled Masses

According to the first and third rows of equation 211

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Unformatted text preview: t and third rows of Equation (211), (214) provided . According to the second row, (215) when . Incidentally, we can only determine the ratios of , values of these quantities. In other words, only the direction of the vector , and , rather than the absolute is well- defined. [This follows because the most general solution, (219), is undetermined to an arbitrary multiplicative constant. That is, if is a solution to the dynamical equations (205)- (207) then so is where is an arbitrary constant. This, in turn, follows because th...
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