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

Lecture 6: Driven Oscillators, Resonance

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Lecture Topics

  • Coupled driven oscillator
  • Excitation
  • Resonance

Lecture Video: Driven Oscillators, Resonance

Driving force is introduced in the coupled system. Prof. Wyslouch solves the system and he demonstrates that one could “excite” one of the normal modes by driving the system at the frequency it likes: normal mode frequency.

Lecture Notes

Typed Notes for Lecture 6 (PDF - 1.3MB)

Handwritten Notes for Lecture 6 (PDF - 1.5MB)

Textbook Reading

Chapter 4: Symmetries (PDF - 1.3MB) 

Chapter 5: Waves (PDF - 1.4MB) (through section 5.2) 

In-class Demonstrations

Two Rigid Pendulums Coupled with a Spring
Coupled Air Carts

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