Mj-4 Coupled Oscillators

Aim

To demonstrate coupled oscillations on the air track.

Apparatus

  • Linear air track
  • Two or more gliders
  • Springs

Coupled Oscillator Coupled Oscillator Diagram

Coupled Oscillations Setup and Diagram.

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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