Damped harmonic motion

IB Physics: Damped harmonic motion

People often call the the dampers in a car"s suspension system shock absorbers. The whole unit is the shock absorber the damper is the telescopic thing in the middle (which also absorbs shock).By adapting our equation for SHM we can show that an opposing force will exponentially reduce the amplitude of an oscillation.If a car suspension system wasn"t damped the ride would be very uncomfortable.


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