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Fabulous Perfect Spring, The

Synopsis
Considers periodic solutions of second-order differential equations, focusing on the mathematical methods of solving them and the graphical interpretation of their solutions. The fabulous perfect spring is a spring that once set in oscillation will continue ad infinitum. The type of motion followed by the point mass on the spring is simple harmonic motion (SHM). The energy transitions throughout the motion - potnetial to kinetic and vice versa, are illustrated and a general statement on the conditions for SHM is made in terms of the potential energy function. A particle whose potential energy function is a perfect quadratic will move with SHM. The point mass on the end of the fabulous perfect spring is a case in point. Another is a point moving in a cycloidal path - the programme uses a cycloidal pendulum.
Series
Mathematical Models and Methods, Course Mst204
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 23 min.
Year of production
1982
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Mathematics
Keywords
differential equations; equations; simple harmonic motion

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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