FOR BOTH THE BASIC AND TWO METER AIR TRACK
COUPLED HARMONIC OSCILLATORS TEL 235 Coupled Harmonic Oscillators
A set of five 150 gm gliders, six stainless steel springs, and five ceramic magnets which, when set up in an air track provide a comprehensive course in vibration theory. From the basic configuration of a single glider and 2 springs to 5 gliders and 6 springs the student can set up and find as many resonances as there are gliders. The effect of damping on the sharpness of the resonance curve and the system Q can be determined by using the ceramic magnets. The motion of the magnets produces eddy currents in the metal of the air track causing a damping force proportional tothe velocity and number of magnets on the glider. This corresponds quite nicely to the damping term usually found in theoretical derivations of damped oscillatory motion.