8.03SC | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate
Physics III: Vibrations and Waves
Part I: Mechanical Vibrations and Waves

Lecture 2: Damped Free Oscillators

« Previous | Next »

Lecture Topics

  • Energy conservation
  • Damped harmonic oscillators
  • Small angle approximation

Lecture Video: Damped Free Oscillators

A more realistic physical system, a damped oscillator, is introduced in this lecture. Prof. Lee shows the mathematical solutions actually match the behavior of physical systems. He also does an in-class demo to compare damped and undamped oscillators.

Lecture Notes

Typed Notes for Lecture 2 (PDF)

Handwritten Notes for Lecture 2 (PDF - 2MB)

Textbook Reading

Chapter 2: Forced Oscillation and Resonance (PDF - 1.3MB)

In-class Demonstrations

@01:23, Oscillating Steel Ball on a Track, and Oscillating Steel Ball on a Track
Physical Pendulum
Damped and Undamped Masses on a Spring, @ 00:07:55, @ 00:10:30, @ 00:33:27, and @ 00:48:43
Driven Torsional Balance Oscillator

« Previous | Next »

Course Info
As Taught In
Fall 2016
Learning Resource Types
theaters Lecture Videos
notes Lecture Notes
assignment Problem Sets
grading Exams with Solutions
co_present Instructor Insights