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Chapter 16. Oscillations

Overview

Chapter 15 dealt with inextensible strings. Now you’re going to see how the behavior of a string changes when it can stretch. In particular, you’re going to look at how a particle moves when it is attached to a spring. One specific manifestation of this is the bouncing motion referred to as oscillation. You’ll see how in nature the same motion occurs in many circumstances, and then you’ll create a function describing a complex spring that has both extensible and inextensible properties. Finally, you’ll see how these concepts extend to help you deal with waves and explain some of the properties ...

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