14.2 Periodic and oscillatory motions
14.3 Simple harmonic motion
14.4 Simple harmonic motion and uniform circular motion
14.5 Velocity and acceleration in simple harmonic motion
14.6 Force law for simple harmonic motion
14.7 Energy in simple harmonic motion
14.8 Some systems executing simple harmonic motion
14.9 Damped simple harmonic motion
14.10 Forced oscillations and resonance
Points to ponder
In our daily life we come across various kinds of motions. You have already learnt about some of them, e.g., rectilinear motion and motion of a projectile. Both these motions are non-repetitive. We have also learnt about uniform circular motion and orbital motion of planets in the solar system. In these cases, the motion is repeated after a certain interval of time, that is, it is periodic. In your childhood, you must have enjoyed rocking in a cradle or swinging on a swing. Both these motions are repetitive in nature but different from the periodic motion of a planet. Here, the object moves to and fro about a mean position. The pendulum of a wall clock executes a similar motion. Examples of such periodic to and fro
motion abound: a boat tossing up and down in a river, the piston in a steam engine going back and forth, etc. Such a motion is termed as oscillatory motion. In this chapter we study this motion.
The study of oscillatory motion is basic to physics; its concepts are required for the understanding of many physical phenomena. In musical instruments, like the sitar, the guitar or the violin, we come across vibrating strings that produce pleasing sounds. The membranes in drums and diaphragms in telephone and speaker systems vibrate to and fro about their mean positions. The vibrations of air molecules make the propagation of sound possible. In a solid, the atoms vibrate about their equilibrium positions, the average energy of vibrations being proportional to temperature. AC power supply give voltage that oscillates alternately going positive and negative about the mean value (zero).
The description of a periodic motion, in general, and oscillatory motion, in particular, requires some fundamental concepts, like period, frequency, displacement, amplitude and phase. These concepts are developed in the next section.
Fig. 14.1 shows some periodic motions. Suppose an insect climbs up a ramp and falls down, it comes back to the initial point and repeats the process identically. If you draw a graph of its height above the ground versus time, it would look something like Fig. 14.1 (a). If a child climbs up a step, comes down, and repeats the process identically, its height above the ground would look like that in Fig. 14.1 (b). When you play the game of bouncing a ball off the ground, between your palm and the ground, its height versus time graph would look like the one in Fig. 14.1 (c). Note that both the curved parts in Fig. 14.1 (c) are sections of a parabola given by the Newton’s equation of motion (see section 3.6),
for downward motion, and
for upward motion,
with different values of u in each case. These are examples of periodic motion. Thus, a motion that repeats itself at regular intervals of time is called periodic motion.
Fig. 14.1 Examples of periodic motion. The period T is shown in each case.
Very often, the body undergoing periodic motion has an equilibrium position somewhere inside its path. When the body is at this position no net external force acts on it. Therefore, if it is left there at rest, it remains there forever. If the body is given a small displacement from the position, a force comes into play which tries to bring the body back to the equilibrium point, giving rise to oscillations or vibrations. For example, a ball placed in a bowl will be in equilibrium at the bottom. If displaced a little from the point, it will perform oscillations in the bowl. Every oscillatory motion is periodic, but every periodic motion need not be oscillatory. Circular motion is a periodic motion, but it is not oscillatory.
There is no significant difference between oscillations and vibrations. It seems that when the frequency is small, we call it oscillation (like, the oscillation of a branch of a tree), while when the frequency is high, we call it vibration (like, the vibration of a string of a musical instrument).
Simple harmonic motion is the simplest form of oscillatory motion. This motion arises when the force on the oscillating body is directly proportional to its displacement from the mean position, which is also the equilibrium position. Further, at any point in its oscillation, this force is directed towards the mean position.
In practice, oscillating bodies eventually come to rest at their equilibrium positions because of the damping due to friction and other dissipative causes. However, they can be forced to remain oscillating by means of some external periodic agency. We discuss the phenomena of damped and forced oscillations later in the chapter.
Any material medium can be pictured as a collection of a large number of coupled oscillators. The collective oscillations of the constituents of a medium manifest themselves as waves. Examples of waves include water waves, seismic waves, electromagnetic waves. We shall study the wave phenomenon in the next chapter.
We have seen that any motion that repeats itself at regular intervals of time is called periodic motion. The smallest interval of time after which the motion is repeated is called its period. Let us denote the period by the symbol T. Its SI unit is second. For periodic motions, which are either too fast or too slow on the scale of seconds, other convenient units of time are used. The period of vibrations of a quartz crystal is expressed in units of microseconds (10–6 s) abbreviated as µs. On the other hand, the orbital period of the planet Mercury is 88 earth days. The Halley’s comet appears after every 76 years.
The reciprocal of T gives the number of repetitions that occur per unit time. This quantity is called the frequency of the periodic motion. It is represented by the symbol ν. The relation between ν and T is
ν = 1/T (14.1)
The unit of ν is thus s–1. After the discoverer of radio waves, Heinrich Rudolph Hertz (1857–1894), a special name has been given to the unit of frequency. It is called hertz (abbreviated as Hz). Thus,
1 hertz = 1 Hz =1 oscillation per second =1s–1 (14.2)
Note, that the frequency, ν, is not necessarily an integer.
Example 14.1 On an average, a human heart is found to beat 75 times in a minute. Calculate its frequency and period.
Answer The beat frequency of heart = 75/(1 min)
= 75/(60 s)
= 1.25 s–1
= 1.25 Hz
The time period T = 1/(1.25 s–1)
= 0.8 s
In section 4.2, we defined displacement of a particle as the change in its position vector. In this chapter, we use the term displacement in a more general sense. It refers to change with time of any physical property under consideration. For example, in case of rectilinear motion of a steel ball on a surface, the distance from the starting point as a function of time is its position displacement. The choice of origin is a matter of convenience. Consider a block attached to a spring, the other end of the spring is fixed to a rigid wall [see Fig.14.2(a)]. Generally, it is convenient to measure displacement of the body from its equilibrium position. For an oscillating simple pendulum, the angle from the vertical as a function of time may be regarded as a displacement variable [see Fig.14.2(b)]. The term displacement is not always to be referred in the context of position only. There can be many other kinds of displacement variables. The voltage across a capacitor, changing with time in an AC circuit, is also a displacement variable. In the same way, pressure variations in time in the propagation of sound wave, the changing electric and magnetic fields in a light wave are examples of displacement in different contexts. The displacement variable may take both positive and negative values. In experiments on oscillations, the displacement is measured for different times.
Fig. 14.2(a) A block attached to a spring, the other end of which is fixed to a rigid wall. The block moves on a frictionless surface. The motion of the block can be described in terms of its distance or displacement x from the equilibrium position.
Fig.14.2(b) An oscillating simple pendulum; its motion can be described in terms of angular displacement θ from the vertical.
The displacement can be represented by a mathematical function of time. In case of periodic motion, this function is periodic in time. One of the simplest periodic functions is given by
f (t) = A cos ωt (14.3a)
If the argument of this function, ωt, is increased by an integral multiple of 2π radians, the value of the function remains the same. The function f (t) is then periodic and its period, T, is given by
Thus, the function f (t) is periodic with period T,
f (t) = f (t+T )
The same result is obviously correct if we consider a sine function, f (t ) = A sin ωt. Further, a linear combination of sine and cosine functions like,
f (t) = A sin ωt + B cos ωt (14.3c)
is also a periodic function with the same period T. Taking,
A = D cos φ and B = D sin φ
Eq. (14.3c) can be written as,
f (t) = D sin (ωt + φ ) , (14.3d)
Here D and φ are constant given by
The great importance of periodic sine and cosine functions is due to a remarkable result proved by the French mathematician, Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768–1830): Any periodic function can be expressed as a superposition of sine and cosine functions of different time periods with suitable coefficients.
Example 14.2 Which of the following functions of time represent (a) periodic and (b) non-periodic motion? Give the period for each case of periodic motion [ω is any positive constant].
(i) sin ωt + cos ωt
(ii) sin ωt + cos 2 ωt + sin 4 ωt
(iv) log (ωt)
(i) sin ωt + cos ωt is a periodic function, it can also be written as sin (ωt + π/4).
Now sin (ωt + π/4)= sin (ωt + π/4+2π)
= sin [ω (t + 2π/ω) + π/4]
The periodic time of the function is 2π/ω.
(ii) This is an example of a periodic motion. It can be noted that each term represents a periodic function with a different angular frequency. Since period is the least interval of time after which a function repeats its value, sin ωt has a period T0= 2π/ω ; cos 2 ωt has a period π/ω =T0/2; and sin 4 ωt has a period 2π/4ω = T0/4. The period of the first term is a multiple of the periods of the last two terms. Therefore, the smallest interval of time after which the sum of the three terms repeats is T0, and thus, the sum is a periodic function with a period 2π/ω.
(iii) The function e–ωt is not periodic, it decreases monotonically with increasing time and tends to zero as t → and thus, never repeats its value.
(iv) The function log(ωt) increases
monotonically with time t. It, therefore, never repeats its value and is a non-periodic function. It may be noted that as
t → , log(ωt) diverges to . It, therefore, cannot represent any kind of physical displacement.
Consider a particle oscillating back and forth about the origin of an x-axis between the limits +A and –A as shown in Fig. 14.3. This oscillatory motion is said to be simple harmonic if the displacement x of the particle from the origin varies with time as :
x (t) = A cos (ω t + φ) (14.4)
where A, ω and φ are constants.
Thus, simple harmonic motion (SHM) is not any periodic motion but one in which displacement is a sinusoidal function of time. Fig. 14.4 shows the positions of a particle executing SHM at discrete value of time, each interval of time being T/4, where T is the period of motion. Fig. 14.5 plots the graph of x versus t, which gives the values of displacement as a continuous function of time. The quantities A, ω and φ which characterize a given SHM have standard names, as summarised in Fig. 14.6. Let us understand these quantities.
Fig. 14.5 Displacement as a continuous function of time for simple harmonic motion.
x(t) : displacement x as a function of time t
A : amplitude
ω : angular frequency
ωt + φ : phase (time-dependent)
φ : phase constant
The amplitutde A of SHM is the magnitude of maximum displacement of the particle. [Note, A can be taken to be positive without any loss of generality]. As the cosine function of time varies from +1 to –1, the displacement varies between the extremes A and – A. Two simple harmonic motions may have same ω and φ but different amplitudes A and B, as shown in Fig. 14.7 (a).
While the amplitude A is fixed for a given SHM, the state of motion (position and velocity) of the particle at any time t is determined by the argument (ωt + φ) in the cosine function. This time-dependent quantity, (ωt + φ) is called the phase of the motion. The value of plase at t = 0 is φ and is called the phase constant (or phase angle). If the amplitude is known, φ can be determined from the displacement at t = 0. Two simple harmonic motions may have the same A and ω but different phase angle φ, as shown in Fig. 14.7 (b).
Fig. 14.7 (b) A plot obtained from Eq. (14.4). The curves 3 and 4 are for φ = 0 and -π/4 respectively. The amplitude A is same for both the plots.
Finally, the quantity ω can be seen to be related to the period of motion T. Taking, for simplicity, φ = 0 in Eq. (14.4), we have
x(t) = A cos ωt (14.5)
Since the motion has a period T, x (t) is equal to x (t + T). That is,
A cos ωt = A cos ω (t + T) (14.6)
Now the cosine function is periodic with period 2π, i.e., it first repeats itself when the argument changes by 2π. Therefore,
ω(t + T ) = ωt + 2π
that is ω = 2π/ T (14.7)
ω is called the angular frequency of SHM. Its S.I. unit is radians per second. Since the frequency of oscillations is simply 1/T, ω is 2π times the frequency of oscillation. Two simple harmonic motions may have the same A and φ, but different ω, as seen in Fig. 14.8. In this plot the curve (b) has half the period and twice the frequency of the curve (a).
Example 14.3 Which of the following functions of time represent (a) simple harmonic motion and (b) periodic but not simple harmonic? Give the period for each case.
(1) sin ωt – cos ωt
(a) sin ωt – cos ωt
= sin ωt – sin (π/2 – ωt)
= 2 cos (π/4) sin (ωt – π/4)
= √2 sin (ωt – π/4)
This function represents a simple harmonic motion having a period T = 2π/ω and a phase angle (–π/4) or (7π/4)
= ½ – ½ cos 2 ωt
The function is periodic having a period
T = π/ω. It also represents a harmonic motion with the point of equilibrium occurring at ½ instead of zero.
In this section, we show that the projection of uniform circular motion on a diameter of the circle follows simple harmonic motion. A simple experiment (Fig. 14.9) helps us visualise this connection. Tie a ball to the end of a string and make it move in a horizontal plane about a fixed point with a constant angular speed. The ball would then perform a uniform circular motion in the horizontal plane. Observe the ball sideways or from the front, fixing your attention in the plane of motion. The ball will appear to execute to and fro motion along a horizontal line with the point of rotation as the midpoint. You could alternatively observe the shadow of the ball on a wall which is perpendicular to the plane of the circle. In this process what we are observing is the motion of the ball on a diameter of the circle normal to the direction of viewing.
Fig. 14.10 describes the same situation mathematically. Suppose a particle P is moving uniformly on a circle of radius A with angular speed ω. The sense of rotation is anticlockwise. The initial position vector of the particle, i.e., the vector at t = 0 makes an angle of φ with the positive direction of x-axis. In time t, it will cover a further angle ωt and its position vector will make an angle of ωt + φ with the +ve x-axis. Next, consider the projection of the position vector OP on the x-axis. This will be OP′. The position of P′ on the x-axis, as the particle P moves on the circle, is given by
x(t) = A cos (ωt + φ )
which is the defining equation of SHM. This shows that if P moves uniformly on a circle, its projection P′ on a diameter of the circle executes SHM. The particle P and the circle on which it moves are sometimes referred to as the reference particle and the reference circle, respectively.
We can take projection of the motion of P on any diameter, say the y-axis. In that case, the displacement y(t) of P′ on the y-axis is given by
y = A sin (ωt + φ)
which is also an SHM of the same amplitude as that of the projection on x-axis, but differing by a phase of π/2.
In spite of this connection between circular motion and SHM, the force acting on a particle in linear simple harmonic motion is very different from the centripetal force needed to keep a particle in uniform circular motion.
* The natural unit of angle is radian, defined through the ratio of arc to radius. Angle is a dimensionless quantity. Therefore it is not always necessary to mention the unit ‘radian’ when we use π, its multiples or submultiples. The conversion between radian and degree is not similar to that between metre and centimetre or mile. If the argument of a trigonometric function is stated without units, it is understood that the unit is radian. On the other hand, if degree is to be used as the unit of angle, then it must be shown explicitly. For example, sin(150) means sine of 15 degree, but sin(15) means sine of 15 radians. Hereafter, we will often drop ‘rad’ as the unit, and it should be understood that whenever angle is mentioned as a numerical value, without units, it is to be taken as radians.
Example 14.4 The figure given below depicts two circular motions. The radius of the circle, the period of revolution, the initial position and the sense of revolution are indicated in the figures. Obtain the simple harmonic motions of the x-projection of the radius vector of the rotating particle P in each case.
(a) At t = 0, OP makes an angle of 45o = π/4 rad with the (positive direction of) x-axis. After time t, it covers an angle in the anticlockwise sense, and makes an angle of with the x-axis.
The projection of OP on the x-axis at time t is given by,
x (t) = A cos
For T = 4 s,
x(t) = A cos
which is a SHM of amplitude A, period 4 s, and an initial phase* = .
(b) In this case at t = 0, OP makes an angle of 90o = with the x-axis. After a time t, it covers an angle of in the clockwise sense and makes an angle of with the x-axis. The projection of OP on the x-axis at time t is given by
x(t) = B cos
= B sin
For T = 30 s,
x(t) = B sin
Writing this as x (t) = B cos , and comparing with Eq. (14.4). We find that this represents a SHM of amplitude B, period 30 s, and an initial phase of .
The speed of a particle v in uniform circular motion is its angular speed ω times the radius of the circle A.
v = ω A (14.8)
The direction of velocity at a time t is along the tangent to the circle at the point where the particle is located at that instant. From the geometry of Fig. 14.11, it is clear that the velocity of the projection particle P′ at time t is
v(t) = –ωA sin (ωt + φ ) (14.9)
Fig. 14.12 The acceleration, a(t), of the particle P¢ is the projection of the acceleration a of the reference particle P.
Eq. (14.11) gives the acceleration of a particle in SHM. The same equation can again be obtained directly by differentiating velocity v(t) given by Eq. (14.9) with respect to time:
We note from Eq. (14.11) the important property that acceleration of a particle in SHM is proportional to displacement. For x(t) > 0,
a(t) < 0 and for x(t) < 0, a(t) > 0. Thus, whatever the value of x between –A and A, the acceleration a(t) is always directed towards the centre.
For simplicity, let us put φ = 0 and write the expression for x (t), v (t) and a(t)
x(t) = A cos ωt, v(t) = – ω Asin ωt, a(t)=–ω2A cos ωt The corresponding plots are shown in Fig. 14.13. All quantities vary sinusoidally with time; only their maxima differ and the different plots differ in phase. x varies between –A to A; v(t) varies from –ωA to ωA and a(t) from –ω2A to ω2A. With respect to displacement plot, velocity plot has a phase difference of π/2 and acceleration plot has a phase difference of π.
Example 14.5 A body oscillates with SHM according to the equation (in SI units),
x = 5 cos [2π t + π/4].
At t = 1.5 s, calculate the (a) displacement, (b) speed and (c) acceleration of the body.
Answer The angular frequency ω of the body
= 2π s–1 and its time period T = 1 s.
At t = 1.5 s
(a) displacement = (5.0 m) cos [(2π s–1) ×1.5 s + π/4]
= (5.0 m) cos [(3π + π/4)]
= –5.0 × 0.707 m
= –3.535 m
(b) Using Eq. (14.9), the speed of the body
= – (5.0 m)(2π s–1) sin [(2π s–1) ×1.5 s + π/4]
= – (5.0 m)(2π s–1) sin [(3π + π/4)]
= 10π × 0.707 m s–1
= 22 m s–1
(c) Using Eq.(14.10), the acceleration of the body
= –(2π s–1)2 × displacement
= – 2π s–1)2× (–3.535 m)
= 140 ms–2
Using Newton’s second law of motion, and the expression for acceleration of a particle undergoing SHM (Eq. 14.11), the force acting on a particle of mass m in SHM is
F (t) = ma
= –mω2 x(t)
i.e., F (t) = –k x (t) (14.13)
where k = mω2 (14.14a)
Like acceleration, force is always directed towards the mean position—hence it is sometimes called the restoring force in SHM. To summarise the discussion so far, simple harmonic motion can be defined in two equivalent ways, either by Eq. (14.4) for displacement or by Eq. (14.13) that gives its force law. Going from Eq. (14.4) to Eq. (14.13) required us to differentiate two times. Likewise, by integrating the force law Eq. (14.13) two times, we can get back Eq. (14.4).
Note that the force in Eq. (14.13) is linearly proportional to x(t). A particle oscillating under such a force is, therefore, calling a linear harmonic oscillator. In the real world, the force may contain small additional terms proportional to x2, x3, etc. These then are called non-linear oscillators.
Example 14.6 Two identical springs of spring constant k are attached to a block of mass m and to fixed supports as shown in Fig. 14.14. Show that when the mass is displaced from its equilibrium position on either side, it executes a simple harmonic motion. Find the period of oscillations.
Answer Let the mass be displaced by a small distance x to the right side of the equilibrium position, as shown in Fig. 14.15. Under this situation the spring on the left side gets
elongated by a length equal to x and that on the right side gets compressed by the same length. The forces acting on the mass are then,
F1 = –k x (force exerted by the spring on the left side, trying to pull the mass towards the mean position)
F2 = –k x (force exerted by the spring on the right side, trying to push the mass towards the mean position)
The net force, F, acting on the mass is then given by,
F = –2kx
Hence the force acting on the mass is proportional to the displacement and is directed towards the mean position; therefore, the motion executed by the mass is simple harmonic. The time period of oscillations is,
Both kinetic and potential energies of a particle in SHM vary between zero and their maximum values.
In section 14.5 we have seen that the velocity of a particle executing SHM, is a periodic function of time. It is zero at the extreme positions of displacement. Therefore, the kinetic energy (K) of such a particle, which is defined as
is also a periodic function of time, being zero when the displacement is maximum and maximum when the particle is at the mean position. Note, since the sign of v is immaterial in K, the period of K is T/2.
What is the potential energy (U) of a particle executing simple harmonic motion? In Chapter 6, we have seen that the concept of potential energy is possible only for conservative forces. The spring force F = –kx is a conservative force, with associated potential energy
Hence the potential energy of a particle executing simple harmonic motion is,
Thus, the potential energy of a particle executing simple harmonic motion is also periodic, with period T/2, being zero at the mean position and maximum at the extreme displacements.
It follows from Eqs. (14.15) and (14.17) that the total energy, E, of the system is,
E = U + K
Using the familiar trigonometric identity, the value of the expression in the brackets is unity. Thus,
The total mechanical energy of a harmonic oscillator is thus independent of time as expected for motion under any conservative force. The time and displacement dependence of the potential and kinetic energies of a linear simple harmonic oscillator are shown in
Observe that both kinetic energy and potential energy in SHM are seen to be always positive in Fig. 14.16. Kinetic energy can, of course, be never negative, since it is proportional to the square of speed. Potential energy is positive by choice of the undermined constant in potential energy. Both kinetic energy and potential energy peak twice during each period of SHM. For x = 0, the energy is kinetic; at the extremes x = ±A, it is all potential energy. In the course of motion between these limits, kinetic energy increases at the expense of potential energy or vice-versa.
Fig. 14.16 Kinetic energy, potential energy and total energy as a function of time [shown in (a)] and displacement [shown in (b)] of a particle in SHM. The kinetic energy and potential energy both repeat after a period T/2. The total energy remains constant at all t or x.
Example 14.7 A block whose mass is 1 kg is fastened to a spring. The spring has a spring constant of 50 N m–1. The block is pulled to a distance x = 10 cm from its equilibrium position at x = 0 on a frictionless surface from rest at t = 0. Calculate the kinetic, potential and total energies of the block when it is 5 cm away from the mean position.
Answer The block executes SHM, its angular frequency, as given by Eq. (14.14b), is
= 7.07 rad s–1
Its displacement at any time t is then given by,
x(t) = 0.1 cos (7.07t)
Therefore, when the particle is 5 cm away from the mean position, we have
0.05 = 0.1 cos (7.07t)
Or cos (7.07t) = 0.5 and hence
sin (7.07t) = 0.866
Then, the velocity of the block at x = 5 cm is
= 0.1 × 7.07 × 0.866 m s–1
= 0.61 m s–1
Hence the K.E. of the block,
= ½[1kg × (0.6123 m s–1 )2 ]
= 0.19 J
The P.E. of the block,
= ½(50 N m–1 × 0.05 m × 0.05 m)
= 0.0625 J
The total energy of the block at x = 5 cm,
= K.E. + P.E.
= 0.25 J
we also know that at maximum displacement, K.E. is zero and hence the total energy of the system is equal to the P.E. Therefore, the total energy of the system,
= ½(50 N m–1 × 0.1 m × 0.1 m )
= 0.25 J
which is same as the sum of the two energies at a displacement of 5 cm. This is in conformity with the principle of conservation of energy.
It is said that Galileo measured the periods of a swinging chandelier in a church by his pulse beats. He observed that the motion of the chandelier was periodic. The system is a kind of pendulum. You can also make your own pendulum by tying a piece of stone to a long unstretchable thread, approximately 100 cm long. Suspend your pendulum from a suitable support so that it is free to oscillate. Displace the stone to one side by a small distance and let it go. The stone executes a to and fro motion, it is periodic with a period of about two seconds.
We shall show that this periodic motion is simple harmonic for small displacements from the mean position. Consider simple pendulum — a small bob of mass m tied to an inextensible massless string of length L. The other end of the string is fixed to a rigid support. The bob oscillates in a plane about the vertical line through the support. Fig. 14.18(a) shows this system. Fig. 14.18(b) is a kind of ‘free-body’ diagram of the simple pendulum showing the forces acting on the bob.
Fig. 14.18 (a) A bob oscillating about its mean position. (b) The radial force T-mg cosθ provides centripetal force but no torque about the support. The tangential force mg sinθ provides the restoring torque.
Let θ be the angle made by the string with the vertical. When the bob is at the mean position, θ = 0
There are only two forces acting on the bob; the tension T along the string and the vertical force due to gravity (=mg). The force mg can be resolved into the component mg cosθ along the string and mg sinθ perpendicular to it. Since the motion of the bob is along a circle of length L and centre at the support point, the bob has a radial acceleration (ω2L) and also a tangental acceleration; the latter arises since motion along the arc of the circle is not uniform. The radial acceleration is provided by the net radial force T –mg cosθ, while the tangential acceleration is provided by mg sinθ. It is more convenient to work with torque about the support since the radial force gives zero torque. Torque τ about the support is entirely provided by the tangental component of force
SHM - how small should the amplitude be?
When you perform the experiment to determine the time period of a simple pendulum, your teacher tells you to keep the amplitude small. But have you ever asked how small is small? Should the amplitude to 50, 20, 10, or 0.50? Or could it be 100, 200, or 300?
To appreciate this, it would be better to measure the time period for different amplitudes, up to large amplitudes. Of course, for large oscillations, you will have to take care that the pendulum oscillates in a vertical plane. Let us denote the time period for small-amplitude oscillations as T (0) and write the time period for amplitude θ0 as T(θ0) = cT (0), where c is the multiplying factor. If you plot a graph of c versus θ0, you will get values somewhat like this:
θ0 : 200 450 500 700 900
c : 1.02 1.04 1.05 1.10 1.18
This means that the error in the time period is about 2% at an amplitude of 200, 5% at an amplitude of 500, and 10% at an amplitude of 700 and 18% at an amplitude of 900.
In the experiment, you will never be able to measure T (0) because this means there are no oscillations. Even theoretically,
sin θ is exactly equal to θ only for θ = 0. There will be some inaccuracy for all other values of θ . The difference increases with increasing θ . Therefore we have to decide how much error we can tolerate. No measurement is ever perfectly accurate. You must also consider questions like these: What is the accuracy of the stopwatch? What is your own accuracy in starting and stopping the stopwatch? You will realise that the accuracy in your measurements at this level is never better than 5% or 10%. Since the above table shows that the time period of the pendulum increases hardly by 5% at an amplitude of 500 over its low amplitude value, you could very well keep the amplitude to be 50° in your experiments.
τ = –L (mg sinθ ) (14.22)
This is the restoring torque that tends to reduce angular displacement — hence the negative sign. By Newton’s law of rotational motion,
τ = I α (14.23)
where I is the moment of inertia of the system about the support and α is the angular acceleration. Thus,
I α = –m g sin θ L (14.24)
α = (14.25)
We can simplify Eq. (14.25) if we assume that the displacement θ is small. We know that sin θ can be expressed as,
where θ is in radians.
Now if θ is small, sin θ can be approximated by θ and Eq. (14.25) can then be written as,
In Table 14.1, we have listed the angle θ in degrees, its equivalent in radians, and the value of the function sin θ . From this table it can be seen that for θ as large as 20 degrees, sin θ is nearly the same as θ expressed in radians.
Table 14.1 sin θ as a function of angle θ
Equation (14.27) is mathematically, identical to Eq. (14.11) except that the variable is angular displacement. Hence we have proved that for small θ, the motion of the bob is simple harmonic. From Eqs. (14.27) and (14.11),
Now since the string of the simple pendulum is massless, the moment of inertia I is simply mL2. Eq. (14.28) then gives the well-known formula for time period of a simple pendulum.
Example 14.9 What is the length of a simple pendulum, which ticks seconds ?
Answer From Eq. (14.29), the time period of a simple pendulum is given by,
From this relation one gets,
The time period of a simple pendulum, which ticks seconds, is 2 s. Therefore, for g = 9.8 m s–2 and T = 2 s, L is
= 1 m
The simplest observable example of simple harmonic motion is the small oscillations of a block of mass m fixed to a spring, which in turn is fixed to a rigid wall as shown in Fig. 14.17. The block is placed on a frictionless horizontal surface. If the block is pulled on one side and is released, it then executes a to and fro motion about the mean position. Let x = 0, indicate the position of the centre of the block when the spring is in equilibrium. The positions marked as –A and +A indicate the maximum displacements to the left and the right of the mean position. We have already learnt that springs have special properties, which were first discovered by the English physicist Robert Hooke. He had shown that such a system when deformed, is subject to a restoring force, the magnitude of which is proportional to the deformation or the displacement and acts in opposite direction. This is known as Hooke’s law (Chapter 9). It holds good for displacements small in comparison to the length of the spring. At any time t, if the displacement of the block from its mean position is x, the restoring force F acting on the block is,
F (x) = –k x (14.19)
The constant of proportionality, k, is called the spring constant, its value is governed by the elastic properties of the spring. A stiff spring has large k and a soft spring has small k. Equation (14.19) is same as the force law for SHM and therefore the system executes a simple harmonic motion. From Eq. (14.14) we have,
and the period, T, of the oscillator is given by,
Stiff springs have high value of k (spring constant). A block of small mass m attached to a stiff spring will have, according to Eq. (14.20), large oscillation frequency, as expected physically.
Example 14.8 A 5 kg collar is attached to a spring of spring constant 500 N m–1. It slides without friction over a horizontal rod. The collar is displaced from its equilibrium position by 10.0 cm and released. Calculate (a) the period of oscillation,
(b) the maximum speed and
(c) maximum acceleration of the collar.
Answer (a) The period of oscillation as given by Eq. (14.21) is,
= (2π/10) s
= 0.63 s
(b) The velocity of the collar executing SHM is given by,
v(t) = –Aω sin (ωt + φ)
The maximum speed is given by,
vm = Aω
= 0.1 ×
= 0.1 ×
= 1 ms–1
and it occurs at x = 0
(c) The acceleration of the collar at the displacement x (t) from the equilibrium is given by,
a (t) = –ω2x(t)
Therefore, the maximum acceleration is,
amax = ω2 A
= 10 m s–2
and it occurs at the extremities.
We know that the motion of a simple pendulum, swinging in air, dies out eventually. Why does it happen ? This is because the air drag and the friction at the support oppose the motion of the pendulum and dissipate its energy gradually. The pendulum is said to execute damped oscillations. In dampled oscillations, the energy of the system is dissipated continuously; but, for small damping, the oscillations remain approximately periodic. The dissipating forces are generally the frictional forces. To understand the effect of such external forces on the motion of an oscillator, let us consider a system as shown in Fig. 14.19. Here a block of mass m connected to an elastic spring of spring constant k oscillates vertically. If the block is pushed down a little and released, its angular frequency of oscillation is , as seen in Eq. (14.20). However, in practice, the surrounding medium (air) will exert a damping force on the motion of the block and the mechanical energy of the block-spring system will decrease. The energy loss will appear as heat of the surrounding medium (and the block also) [Fig. 14.19].
The damping force depends on the nature of the surrounding medium. If the block is immersed in a liquid, the magnitude of damping will be much greater and the dissipation of energy much faster. The damping force is generally proportional to velocity of the bob. [Remember Stokes’ Law, Eq. (10.19)] and acts opposite to the direction of velocity. If the damping force is denoted by Fd, we have
Fd = –b v (14.30)
where the positive constant b depends on characteristics of the medium (viscosity, for example) and the size and shape of the block, etc. Eq. (14.30) is usually valid only for small velocity.
When the mass m is attached to the spring (hung vertically as shown in Fig. 14.19) and released, the spring will elongate a little and the mass will settle at some height. This position, shown by O in Fig 14.19, is the equilibrium position of the mass. If the mass is pulled down or pushed up a little, the restoring force on the block due to the spring is FS = –kx, where x is the displacement* of the mass from its equilibrium position. Thus, the total force acting on the mass at any time t, is F = –kx –bv.
If a(t) is the acceleration of mass at time t, then by Newton’s Law of Motion applied along the direction of motion, we have
m a(t) = –k x(t) – b v(t) (14.31)
Here we have dropped the vector notation because we are discussing one-dimensional motion.
Using the first and second derivatives of x (t) for v (t) and a (t), respectively, we have
The solution of Eq. (14.32) describes the motion of the block under the influence of a damping force which is proportional to velocity. The solution is found to be of the form
x(t) = A e–b t/2m cos (ω′t + φ ) (14.33)
where A is the amplitude and ω ′ is the angular frequency of the damped oscillator given by,
In this function, the cosine function has a period 2π/ω′ but the function x(t) is not strictly periodic because of the factor e–b t/2m which decreases continuously with time. However, if the decrease is small in one time period T, the motion represented by Eq. (14.33) is approximately periodic.
The solution, Eq. (14.33),can be graphically represented as shown in Fig. 14.20. We can regard it as a cosine function whose amplitude,which is
Ae–b t/2m, gradually decreases with time.
Now the mechanical energy of the undamped oscillator is 1/2 kA2. For a damped oscillator, the amplitude is not constant but depends on time. For small damping, we may use the same expression but regard the amplitude as A e–bt/2m.
Equation (14.35) shows that the total energy of the system decreases exponentially with time. Note that small damping means that the dimensionless ratio is much less than 1.
Of course, as expected, if we put b = 0, all equations of a damped oscillator in this section reduce to the corresponding equations of an undamped oscillator.
* Under gravity, the block will be at a certain equilibrium position O on the spring; x here represents the displacement from that position.
Example 14.10 For the damped oscillator shown in Fig. 14.19, the mass m of the block is 200 g, k = 90 N m–1 and the damping constant b is 40 g s–1. Calculate (a) the period of oscillation, (b) time taken for its amplitude of vibrations to drop to half of its initial value, and (c) the time taken for its mechanical energy to drop to half its initial value.
(a) We see that km = 90×0.2 = 18 kg N m–1 = kg2 s–2; therefore = 4.243 kg s–1, and b = 0.04 kg s–1. Therefore, b is much less than . Hence, the time period T from Eq. (14.34) is given by
= 0.3 s
(b) Now, from Eq. (14.33), the time, T1/2, for the amplitude to drop to half of its initial value is given by,
= 6.93 s
(c) For calculating the time, t1/2, for its mechanical energy to drop to half its initial value we make use of Eq. (14.35). From this equation we have,
E (t1/2)/E (0) = exp (–bt1/2/m)
Or ½ = exp (–bt1/2/m)
ln (1/2) = –(bt1/2/m)
= 3.46 s
This is just half of the decay period for amplitude. This is not surprising, because, according to Eqs. (14.33) and (14.35), energy depends on the square of the amplitude. Notice that there is a factor of 2 in the exponents of the two exponentials.
When a system (such as a simple pendulum or a block attached to a spring) is displaced from its equilibrium position and released, it oscillates with its natural frequency ω, and the oscillations are called free oscillations. All free oscillations eventually die out because of the ever present damping forces. However, an external agency can maintain these oscillations. These are called forced or driven oscillations. We consider the case when the external force is itself periodic, with a frequency ωd called the driven frequency. The most important fact of forced periodic oscillations is that the system oscillates not with its natural frequency ω, but at the frequency ωd of the external agency; the free oscillations die out due to damping. The most familiar example of forced oscillation is when a child in a garden swing periodically presses his feet against the ground (or someone else periodically gives the child a push) to maintain the oscillations.
Suppose an external force F(t) of amplitude Fo that varies periodically with time is applied to a damped oscillator. Such a force can be represented as,
F(t) = Fo cos ωd t (14.36)
The motion of a particle under the combined action of a linear restoring force, damping force and a time dependent driving force represented by Eq. (14.36) is given by,
m a(t) = –k x(t) – bv(t) + Fo cos ωd t (14.37a)
Substituting d2x/dt2 for acceleration in Eq. (14.37a) and rearranging it, we get
This is the equation of an oscillator of mass m on which a periodic force of (angular) frequency ωd is applied. The oscillator, initially, oscillates with its natural frequency ω. When we apply the external periodic force, the oscillations with the natural frequency die out, and then the body oscillates with the (angular) frequency of the external periodic force. Its displacement, after the natural oscillations die out, is given by
x(t) = A cos (ωdt + φ ) (14.38)
where t is the time measured from the moment when we apply the periodic force. The amplitude A is a function of the forced frequency ωd and the natural frequency ω. Analysis shows that it is given by
and tan φ (14.39b)
where m is the mass of the particle and v0 and x0 are the velocity and the displacement of the particle at time t = 0, which is the moment when we apply the periodic force. Equation (14.39) shows that the amplitude of the forced oscillator depends on the (angular) frequency of the driving force. We can see a different behaviour of the oscillator when ωd is far from ω and when it is close to ω. We consider these two cases.
(a) Small Damping, Driving Frequency far from Natural Frequency : In this case, ωdb will be much smaller than m(ω2 –ωd2), and we can neglect that term. Then Eq. (14.39) reduces to
Fig. 14.21 shows the dependence of the displacement amplitude of an oscillator on the angular frequency of the driving force for different amounts of damping present in the system. It may be noted that in all cases the amplitude is the greatest when ωd /ω = 1. The curves in this figure show that smaller the damping, the taller and narrower is the resonance peak.
Fig. 14.21 The displacement amplitude of a forced oscillator as a function of the angular frequency of the driving force. The amplitude is the greatest at ωd /ω =1, the resonance condition. The three curves correspond to different extents of damping present in the system. The curves 1 and 3 correspond to minimum and maximum damping in the system.
If we go on changing the driving frequency, the amplitude tends to infinity when it equals the natural frequency. But this is the ideal case of zero damping, a case which never arises in a real system as the damping is never perfectly zero. You must have experienced in a swing that when the timing of your push exactly matches with the time period of the swing, your swing gets the maximum amplitude. This amplitude is large, but not infinity, because there is always some damping in your swing. This will become clear in the (b).
(b) Driving Frequency Close to Natural Frequency : If ωd is very close to ω , m (ω2 –ω2d) would be much less than ωdb, for any reasonable value of b, then Eq. (14.39) reduces to
This makes it clear that the maximum possible amplitude for a given driving frequency is governed by the driving frequency and the damping, and is never infinity. The phenomenon of increase in amplitude when the driving force is close to the natural frequency of the oscillator is called resonance.
In our daily life, we encounter phenomena which involve resonance. Your experience with swings is a good example of resonance. You might have realised that the skill in swinging to greater heights lies in the synchronisation of the rhythm of pushing against the ground with the natural frequency of the swing.
To illustrate this point further, let us consider a set of five simple pendulums of assorted lengths suspended from a common rope as shown in Fig. 14.22. The pendulums 1 and 4 have the same lengths and the others have different lengths. Now, let us set pendulum 1 into motion. The energy from this pendulum gets transferred to other pendulums through the connecting rope and they start oscillating. The driving force is provided through the connecting rope. The frequency of this force is the frequency with which pendulum 1 oscillates. If we observe the response of pendulums 2, 3 and 5, they first start oscillating with their natural frequencies of oscillations and different amplitudes, but this motion is gradually damped and not sustained. Their frequencies of oscillation gradually change, and ultimately, they oscillate with the frequency of pendulum 1, i.e., the frequency of the driving force but with different amplitudes. They oscillate with small amplitudes. The response of pendulum 4 is in contrast to this set of pendulums. It oscillates with the same frequency as that of pendulum 1 and its amplitude gradually picks up and becomes very large. A resonance-like response is seen. This happens because in this the condition for resonance is satisfied, i.e. the natural frequency of the system coincides with that of the driving force.
We have so far considered oscillating systems which have just one natural frequency. In general, a system may have several natural frequencies. You will see examples of such systems (vibrating strings, air columns, etc.) in the next chapter. Any mechanical structure, like a building, a bridge, or an aircraft may have several possible natural frequencies. An external periodic force or disturbance will set the system in forced oscillation. If, accidentally, the forced frequency ωd happens to be close to one of the natural frequencies of the system, the amplitude of oscillation will shoot up
(resonance), resulting in possible damage. This is why, soldiers go out of step while crossing a bridge. For the same reason, an earthquake will not cause uniform damage to all buildings in an affected area, even if they are built with the same strength and material. The natural frequencies of a building depend on its height, other size parameters, and the nature of building material. The one with its natural frequency close to the frequency of seismic wave is likely to be damaged more.
1. The motion that repeats itself is called periodic motion.
2. The period T is the time required for one complete oscillation, or cycle. It is related to the frequency ν by,
The frequency ν of periodic or oscillatory motion is the number of oscillations per unit time. In the SI, it is measured in hertz :
1 hertz = 1 Hz = 1 oscillation per second = 1s–1
3. In simple harmonic motion (SHM), the displacement x (t) of a particle from its equilibrium position is given by,
x (t) = A cos (ωt + φ ) (displacement),
in which A is the amplitude of the displacement, the quantity (ωt + φ ) is the phase of the motion, and φ is the phase constant. The angular frequency ω is related to the period and frequency of the motion by,
4. Simple harmonic motion can also be viewed as the projection of uniform circular motion on the diameter of the circle in which the latter motion occurs.
5. The particle velocity and acceleration during SHM as functions of time are given by,
v (t) = –ωA sin (ωt + φ ) (velocity),
a (t) = –ω2A cos (ωt + φ )
= –ω2x (t) (acceleration),
Thus we see that both velocity and acceleration of a body executing simple harmonic motion are periodic functions, having the velocity amplitude vm=ω A and acceleration amplitude am =ω2A, respectively.
6. The force acting in a simple harmonic motion is proportional to the displacement and is always directed towards the centre of motion.
7. A particle executing simple harmonic motion has, at any time, kinetic energy
K = ½ mv2 and potential energy U = ½ kx2. If no friction is present the mechanical energy of the system, E = K + U always remains constant even though K and U change with time.
8. A particle of mass m oscillating under the influence of Hooke’s law restoring force given by F = – k x exhibits simple harmonic motion with
Such a system is also called a linear oscillator.
9. The motion of a simple pendulum swinging through small angles is approximately simple harmonic. The period of oscillation is given by,
10. The mechanical energy in a real oscillating system decreases during oscillations because external forces, such as drag, inhibit the oscillations and transfer mechanical energy to thermal energy. The real oscillator and its motion are then said to be damped. If the damping force is given by Fd = –bv, where v is the velocity of the oscillator and b is a damping constant, then the displacement of the oscillator is given by,
x (t) = A e–bt/2m cos (ω′t + φ )
where ω′, the angular frequency of the damped oscillator, is given by
If the damping constant is small then ω′ ≈ ω, where ω is the angular frequency of the undamped oscillator. The mechanical energy E of the damped oscillator is given by
11. If an external force with angular frequency ωd acts on an oscillating system with natural angular frequency ω, the system oscillates with angular frequency ωd. The amplitude of oscillations is the greatest when
ωd = ω
a condition called resonance.
1. The period T is the least time after which motion repeats itself. Thus, motion repeats itself after nT where n is an integer.
2. Every periodic motion is not simple harmonic motion. Only that periodic motion governed by the force law F = – k x is simple harmonic.
3. Circular motion can arise due to an inverse-square law force (as in planetary motion) as well as due to simple harmonic force in two dimensions equal to: –mω2r. In the latter case, the phases of motion, in two perpendicular directions (x and y) must differ by π/2. Thus, for example, a particle subject to a force –mω2r with initial position (0, A) and velocity (ωA, 0) will move uniformly in a circle of radius A.
4. For linear simple harmonic motion with a given ω, two initial conditions are necessary and sufficient to determine the motion completely. The initial conditions may be (i) initial position and initial velocity or (ii) amplitude and phase or (iii) energy and phase.
5. From point 4 above, given amplitude or energy, phase of motion is determined by the initial position or initial velocity.
6. A combination of two simple harmonic motions with arbitrary amplitudes and phases is not necessarily periodic. It is periodic only if frequency of one motion is an integral multiple of the other’s frequency. However, a periodic motion can always be expressed as a sum of infinite number of harmonic motions with appropriate amplitudes.
7. The period of SHM does not depend on amplitude or energy or the phase constant. Contrast this with the periods of planetary orbits under gravitation (Kepler’s third law).
8. The motion of a simple pendulum is simple harmonic for small angular displacement.
9. For motion of a particle to be simple harmonic, its displacement x must be expressible in either of the following forms :
x = A cos ωt + B sin ωt
x = A cos (ωt + α ), x = B sin (ωt + β )
The three forms are completely equivalent (any one can be expressed in terms of any other two forms).
Thus, damped simple harmonic motion [Eq. (14.31)] is not strictly simple harmonic. It is approximately so only for time intervals much less than 2m/b where b is the damping constant.
10. In forced oscillations, the steady state motion of the particle (after the forced oscillations die out) is simple harmonic motion whose frequency is the frequency of the driving frequency ωd, not the natural frequency ω of the particle.
11. In the ideal case of zero damping, the amplitude of simple harmonic motion at resonance is infinite. Since all real systems have some damping, however small, this situation is never observed.
12. Under forced oscillation, the phase of harmonic motion of the particle differs from the phase of the driving force.
14.1 Which of the following examples represent periodic motion?
(a) A swimmer completing one (return) trip from one bank of a river to the other and back.
(b) A freely suspended bar magnet displaced from its N-S direction and released.
(c) A hydrogen molecule rotating about its centre of mass.
(d) An arrow released from a bow.NEETprep Answer
14.2 Which of the following examples represent (nearly) simple harmonic motion and which represent periodic but not simple harmonic motion?
(a) the rotation of the earth about its axis.
(b) the motion of an oscillating mercury column in a U-tube.
(c) the motion of a ball bearing inside a smooth curved bowl, when released from a point slightly above the lowermost point.
(d) general vibrations of a polyatomic molecule about its equilibrium position.NEETprep Answer
14.3 Fig. 14.23 depicts four x-t plots for linear motion of a particle. Which of the plots represent periodic motion? What is the period of motion (in case of periodic motion)?
Fig. 14.23NEETprep Answer
14.4 Which of the following functions of time represent (a) simple harmonic, (b) periodic but not simple harmonic, and (c) non-periodic motion? Give period for each case of periodic motion (ω is any positive constant):
(a) sin ωt – cos ωt
(b) sin3 ωt
(c) 3 cos (π/4 – 2ωt)
(d) cos ωt + cos 3ωt + cos 5ωt
14.5 A particle is in linear simple harmonic motion between two points, A and B, 10 cm apart. Take the direction from A to B as the positive direction and give the signs of velocity, acceleration and force on the particle when it is
(a) at the end A,
(b) at the end B,
(c) at the mid-point of AB going towards A,
(d) at 2 cm away from B going towards A,
(e) at 3 cm away from A going towards B, and
(f) at 4 cm away from B going towards A.NEETprep Answer
14.6 Which of the following relationships between the acceleration a and the displacement x of a particle involve simple harmonic motion?
(a) a = 0.7x
(c) a = –10x
14.7 The motion of a particle executing simple harmonic motion is described by the displacement function, x(t)=Acos(ωt+φ).
If the initial (t = 0) position of the particle is 1 cm and its initial velocity is ω cm/s, what are its amplitude and initial phase angle? The angular frequency of the particle is π per sec. If instead of the cosine function, we choose the sine function to describe the SHM: x = Bsin(ωt + α), what are the amplitude and initial phase of the particle with the above initial conditions.NEETprep Answer
14.8 A spring balance has a scale that reads from 0 to 50 kg. The length of the scale is 20 cm. A body suspended from this balance, when displaced and released, oscillates with a period of 0.6 s. What is the weight of the body?NEETprep Answer
14.9 A spring having a spring constant 1200 N/m is mounted on a horizontal table as shown in Fig. 14.24. A mass of 3 kg is attached to the free end of the spring. The mass is then pulled sideways to a distance of 2.0 cm and released.
Determine (i) the frequency of oscillations, (ii) maximum acceleration of the mass, and (iii) the maximum speed of the mass.NEETprep Answer
14.10 In Exercise 14.9, let us take the position of mass when the spring is unstretched as x = 0, and the direction from left to right as the positive direction of the x-axis. Give x as a function of time t for the oscillating mass if at the moment we start the stopwatch (t = 0), the mass is
(a) at the mean position,
(b) at the maximum stretched position, and
(c) at the maximum compressed position.
In what way do these functions for SHM differ from each other, in frequency, in amplitude or the initial phase?NEETprep Answer
14.11 Figures 14.25 correspond to two circular motions. The radius of the circle, the period of revolution, the initial position, and the sense of revolution (i.e. clockwise or anti-clockwise) are indicated on each figure.
Obtain the corresponding simple harmonic motions of the x-projection of the radius vector of the revolving particle P, in each case.NEETprep Answer
14.12 Plot the corresponding reference circle for each of the following simple harmonic motions. Indicate the initial (t =0) position of the particle, the radius of the circle, and the angular speed of the rotating particle. For simplicity, the sense of rotation may be fixed to be anticlockwise in every case: (x is in cm and t is in s).
(a) x = –2sin(3t+π/3)
(b) x = cos(π/6 – t)
(c) x = 3sin2πt+π/4)
(d) x = 2cosπtNEETprep Answer
14.13 Figure 14.26 (a) shows a spring of force constant k clamped rigidly at one end and a mass m attached to its free end. A force F applied at the free end stretches the spring. Figure 14.26 (b) shows the same spring with both ends free and attached to a mass m at either end. Each end of the spring in Fig. 14.26(b) is stretched by the same force F.
(a) What is the maximum extension of the spring in the two cases?
(b) If the mass in Fig. (a) and the two masses in Fig. (b) are released, what is the period of oscillation in each case?
NEET SOLUTION:NEETprep Answer
14.14 The piston in the cylinder head of a locomotive has a stroke (twice the amplitude) of 1.0 m. If the piston moves with simple harmonic motion with an angular frequency of 200 rad/min, what is its maximum speed?NEETprep Answer
14.15 The acceleration due to gravity on the surface of the moon is 1.7 m s–2. What is the time period of a simple pendulum on the surface of the moon if its time period on the surface of the earth is 3.5 s ? (g on the surface of the earth is 9.8 m s–2)NEETprep Answer
14.16 Answer the following questions :
(a) Time period of a particle in SHM depends on the force constant k and mass m of the particle: .
A simple pendulum executes SHM approximately. Why then is the time period of a pendulum independent of the mass of the pendulum?
(b) The motion of a simple pendulum is approximately simple harmonic for small-angle oscillations. For larger angles of oscillation, a more involved analysis shows that T is greater than . Think of a qualitative argument to appreciate this result.
(c) A man with a wristwatch on his hand falls from the top of a tower. Does the watch give correct time during the free fall?
(d) What is the frequency of oscillation of a simple pendulum mounted in a cabin that is freely falling under gravity?NEETprep Answer
14.17 A simple pendulum of length l and having a bob of mass M is suspended in a car. The car is moving on a circular track of radius R with a uniform speed v. If the pendulum makes small oscillations in a radial direction about its equilibrium position, what will be its time period?NEETprep Answer
14.18 A cylindrical piece of cork of density of base area A and height h floats in a liquid of density . The cork is depressed slightly and then released. Show that the cork oscillates up and down simple harmonically with a period
where ρ is the density of cork. (Ignore damping due to viscosity of the liquid).NEETprep Answer
14.19 One end of a U-tube containing mercury is connected to a suction pump and the other end to the atmosphere. A small pressure difference is maintained between the two columns. Show that, when the suction pump is removed, the column of mercury in the U-tube executes simple harmonic motion.
14.20 An air chamber of volume V has a neck area of cross-section 'a' into which a ball of mass 'm' just fits and can move up and down without any friction (Fig.14.27). Show that when the ball is pressed down a little and released, it executes SHM. Obtain an expression for the time period of oscillations assuming pressure-volume variations of air to be isothermal [see Fig. 14.27].
Fig. 14.27NEETprep Answer
14.21 You are riding in an automobile of mass 3000 kg. Assuming that you are examining the oscillation characteristics of its suspension system. The suspension sags 15 cm when the entire automobile is placed on it. Also, the amplitude of oscillation decreases by 50% during one complete oscillation. Estimate the values of (a) the spring constant k and (b) the damping constant b for the spring and shock absorber system of one wheel, assuming that each wheel supports 750 kg.NEETprep Answer
14.22 Show that for a particle in linear SHM the average kinetic energy over a period of oscillation equals the average potential energy over the same period.NEETprep Answer
14.23 A circular disc of mass 10 kg is suspended by a wire attached to its centre. The wire is twisted by rotating the disc and released. The period of torsional oscillations is found to be 1.5 s. The radius of the disc is 15 cm. Determine the torsional spring constant of the wire. (Torsional spring constant α is defined by the relation J= –αθ, where J is the restoring couple and θ the angle of twist).NEETprep Answer
14.24 A body describes simple harmonic motion with an amplitude of 5 cm and a period of 0.2 s. Find the acceleration and velocity of the body when the displacement is
(a) 5 cm (b) 3 cm (c) 0 cm..
14.25 A mass attached to a spring is free to oscillate, with angular velocity ω, in a horizontal plane without friction or damping. It is pulled to a distance and pushed towards the centre with a velocity at time t = 0. Determine the amplitude of the resulting oscillations in terms of the parameters ω, and . [Hint: Start with the equation x=acos(ωt+θ) and note that the initial velocity is negative.]NEETprep Answer
Q. 1 The displacement of a particle is represented by the equation y = 3 cos . The motion of the particle is
(a) simple harmonic with period 2
(b) simple harmonic with period
(c) periodic but not simple harmonic
Q. 2 The displacement of a particle is represented by the equation y = . The motion is
(b) periodic but not simple harmonic
(c) simple harmonic with period 2
(d) simple harmonic with period
Q. 3 The relation between acceleration and displacement of four particles are given below
Which , one of the particle is exempting simple harmonic motion?
Q. 4 Motion of an oscillation liquid column is a U-tube is
1. peroidic but not simple harmonic
3. simple harmonic and time period is independent of the density of the liquid
4. simple harmonic and time period is local peogrtional to the density of the liquid
Q. 5 A particle is acted simultaneously by mutually perpendicular simple harmonic motion x=a cos and y = a sin. The trajectory of motion of the particle will be
1. an ellipse
2. a parabola
3. a circle
4. a straight line
Q. 6 The displacement of a particle varies with time according to the relation y= a sin + b cos .
1. The motion is oscillatory but not SHM
2. The motion is SHM with amplitude a+b
3. The motion is SHM with amplitude
4. The motion is SHM with amplitude
Q. 7 Four pendulums A, B, C and D are suspended from the same
elastic support as shown in figure. A and C are of the same length, while B is smaller than A and D is large than A. If A is given a transverse displacement,
1. D will vibrate with maximum amplitude
2. C will vibrate with maximum amplitude
3. B will vibrate with maximum amplitude
4. All the four will oscillate with equal amplitude
Q. 8 Figure showns the circular motion of a particle. The radius of the circle, the period, sence of revolution and the initial position are indicated on the figure. The simple harmonic motion of the x-projection of the radius vector of the rotating particle P is
Q. 9 The equation of motion of a perticle is x =. The motion is
1. periodic but not oscillatory?
2. periodic and oscillatory
3. oscillatory but not periodic
4. neither periodic nor oscillatory
Q. 10 A particle ececuting SHM has a maximum speed of 30 cm/s and a maximum acceleration of 60 . The period of oscillation is
Q. 11 When a mass m is connected individually to two springs the oscillation frequencies are . If the same mass is attached to the two springs as shown in figure, the oscillation frequency would be
Q. 12 The rotation of earth about its axis is
1. periodic motion
2. simple harmonic motion
3. periodic but not simple harmonic motion
4. non-periodic motion
Q. 13 Motion of a ball bearing inside a smooth curved bowL, when released from a point slightly above the lower point is
1. simple harmonic motion
2. non-periodic motion
3. periodic motion
4. periodic but not SHM
Q. 14 Displacement versus time curve for a particle executing SHM is shown in figure. Choose the correct statements.
1. Phase of the oscillator is same at t =0 s and t = 2s
2. Phase of the oscillator is same at t =2 s and t=6s
3. Phase of the oscillator is same at t = 1s and t=7 s
4. Phase of the oscillator is same at t=1 s and t=5 s
Q. 15 Which of the following statements is/are true for a simple harmonic oscillator?
1. Force acting is directly proportional to displacement from the mean position and opposite to it
2. Motion is periodic
3. Acceleration of the oscillator is constant
4. The velocity is periodic
Q. 16 The displacement -time graph of a particle executing SHM is shown in figure. Which of the following statement is/are true?
1. The force is zero at
2. The acceleration is maximum at t
3. The velocity is maximum at t
4. The PE is equal to KE of oscillation at t
Q. 17 A body is performing SHM, then its
1. average total energy per cycle is equal to its maximum kinetic energy
2. average kinetic energy per cycle is equal to half of its maximum kinetic energy
3. mean velocity or a complete cycle is equal to times of its maximum velocity
4. root mean square velocity is times of its maximum velocity
Q. 18 A particle is in linear simple harmonic motion between two points. A and B, 10 cm apart (figure.) take the direction from A to B as the positive direction and choose the correct statements.
BC= 8 cm
1. The sign of velocity, acceleration and force on the particle when it is 3 cm away from A going towards B are positive
2. The sign of velocity of the particle at C going towards B is negative
3. The sign of velocity, acceleration and force on the particle when it is 4 cm away from B going towards A are negative
4. The sign of acceleration and force on the particle when it is at points B is negative
Q. 19 Displacement versus time curve for a particle executing SHM is shown in figure. Identify the points marked at which (I) velocity of the oscillator is zero, (ii) speed of the oscillator is maximum.
Q. 20 Two identical springs of spring constant k are attached to a block o mass m and to fixed supports as shown in figure. When the mass is displaced from equilibrium positions by a distance x towards right, find the restoring force.
Q. 21 What are the two basic characteristics of a simple harmonic motion?
Q. 22 When will the motion of a simple pendulum be simple harmonic?
Q. 23 What is the ratio of maximum acceleration to the maximum velocity of a simple harmonic oscillator?
Q. 24 What is the ratio between the distance travelled by the oscillator is one time period and amplitude?
Q. 25 In figure, what will be the sign of the velocity of the point P', which I the projection of the velocity of the reference particle P. P is moving it a circle of radius R in anti-clockwise direction.
Q. 26 Show that for a particle executing SHM, velocity and displacement have a phase difference of /2.
Q. 27 Draw a graph to show the variation of PE, KE and total energy of a simple harmonic oscillator with displacement.
Q. 28 The length of a second's pendulum on the surface of earth is 1 m. What will be the length of a second's pendulum on the moon?
Q. 29 Find the time period of mass M when displaced from its equilibrium position and then released for the system shown in figure.
Q. 30 Show that the motion of a particle represented by y= sin - cos is simple harmonic with a period of .
Q. 31 Find the displacement of a simple harmonic oscillator at which its PE is half of the maximum energy of the oscillator.
Q. 32 A body of mass m is situated in a potential field U(x) when, and are constants. Find the time period of small oscillations.
Q. 33 A mass of 2 kg is attached to the spring of spring constant 50 . THe block is pulled to a distance of 5 cm from its equilibrium position at x = 0 on a horizontal frictionless surface from rest at t = 0. Write the expression for its displacement at anytime t.
Q. 34 Consider a pair of identical pendulum, which oscillate with equal amplitude independently such that when one pendulum is at its extreme position making an angle of 2 to the right with the vertical, the other pendulum makes an angle of 1 to the left of the vertical. What is the phase difference between the pendulums?
Q. 35 A person normally weighing 50 kg stands on a massless platform which oscillates up and down harmonically at a frequency of 2.0 and an amplitude 5.0 cm. A weighing machine on the platform gives the persons weight against time.
1. Will there be any change in weight of the body, during the oscillation?
2. If answer to part (1) is yes, what will be the maximum and minimum reading in the machine and at which position?