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Chapter 16: Oscillatory Motion and Waves

College Physics (Urone)
Pages: 555 - 594

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30 Questions for Chapter 16: Oscillatory Motion and Waves

  1. Give an example of a damped harmonic oscillator. (They are more common than undamped or simple harmonic oscillators.)

    Found on Page 588
  2. A stroboscope is set to flash every 8 x 10-5 s. What is the frequency of the flashes?

    Found on Page 590
  3. How would a car bounce after a bump under each of these conditions?

    Found on Page 588
  4. Most harmonic oscillators are damped and, if undriven, eventually come to a stop. How is this observation related to the second law of thermodynamics?

    Found on Page 588
  5. Why are soldiers in general ordered to “route step” (walk out of step) across a bridge?

    Found on Page 588
  6. Give one example of a transverse wave and another of a longitudinal wave, being careful to note the relative directions of the disturbance and wave propagation in each.

    Found on Page 588
  7. If the spring constant of a simple harmonic oscillator is doubled, by what factor will the mass of the system need to change in order for the frequency of the motion to remain the same?

    Found on Page 590
  8. What is the difference between propagation speed and the frequency of a wave? Does one or both affect wavelength? If so, how?

    Found on Page 589
  9. Speakers in stereo systems have two color-coded terminals to indicate how to hook up the wires. If the wires are reversed, the speaker moves in a direction opposite that of a properly connected speaker. Explain why it is important to have both speakers connected in the same way.

    Found on Page 589
  10. By how much leeway (both percentage and mass) would you have in the selection of the mass of the object in the previous problem if you did not wish the new period to be greater than 2.01 s or less than 1.99 s?

    Found on Page 590

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