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## #1 2005-03-08 19:55:12

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### Help ASAP

Can anyone give me a hand with this, cause I'm stumped and can't remember exactly how to go about solving this.

here's the eqn

m[d^2x/dt^2 + wsubo^2 x] = F cos wt

I'm supposed to show that x(t) = xsubo cos wt

w is the incident freq
wsubo is the resonant freq
m is mass

I'm guessing it has to be shown by undetermined coefficients but I can't find the right path exactly.

## #2 2005-03-08 20:35:36

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A bit outside my area, but I found a website that has ALL sorts of stuff about harmonic motion which could help here

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## #3 2005-03-18 07:04:56

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Um...what kind of algebra is that?

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## #4 2005-03-18 07:17:36

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The difficult kind ! It has calculus in it.

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## #5 2005-03-18 07:51:11

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How old are you expected to be to be at that standard?

School is practice for the future. Practice makes perfect. But - nobody's perfect, so why practice?

## #6 2005-03-18 08:19:23

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Depends on where you live. Some countries start Calculus in the final year of high school.

But usually Universities teach it in the first year.

I was thinking of putting a small introduction to it on this website.

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## #7 2005-03-18 08:24:07

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I'm only thirteen!

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## #8 2005-03-18 08:47:45

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You're doing well!

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## #9 2005-03-19 04:30:54

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Thank you.....but how do you know....?

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## #10 2005-03-19 07:52:27

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You noticed, and were curious about, the algebra. You write well, too.

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## #11 2005-03-20 06:35:19

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You're such a nice person!

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