School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Mj-4 Coupled Oscillators

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 24 March 2011

Aim

To demonstrate coupled oscillations on the air track.

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Coupled Oscillators

Coupled Oscillator Diagram

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Coupled Oscillators

Description

The gliders are connected to the binding posts and to each other via springs. The different modes of oscillation may be demonstrated. A high frequency is realised when the air gliders move in opposition, and a lower frequency when they move with parallel velocities.

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