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Damped oscillator


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The total energy EM is not constant. The frictional damping force acts as a dissipative force, giving the movements characteristic of a damped oscillator.

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Learning goals

  • To illustrate the link between energy and motion.
  • To discover how the total amount of energy decreases in the presence of fricion.