Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in | Create Account

Coupled Air Carts

Two or more air carts are connected by springs on an air track. When this system is at resonant frequency, symmetrical patterns called normal modes appear. The normal modes are shown in both undriven and driven cases. In the undriven examples, the normal modes are found by placing the carts at certain distances from each other and then letting them oscillate. In the driven examples they are found by driving the system with a motor, and varying the frequency until the normal mode patterns appear. Both of these methods are shown for systems of two, three, and five coupled carts.

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT Department of Physics Technical Services Group

MIT Department of Physics Technical Services Group

Category: Science | Updated over 1 year ago

Created
June 01, 2009 15:48
Category
Tags
License
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
49432 times

More from MIT Department of Physics Technical Services Group

Sound Wave Interference

Sound Wave Interference

Added over 3 years ago | 00:02:14 | 10174 views

Moving Sand Cart Over a Rotating Surface

Moving Sand Cart Over a Rotating Su...

Added over 5 years ago | 00:01:13 | 33870 views

Two Dimensional Collisions

Two Dimensional Collisions

Added over 5 years ago | 00:01:19 | 45060 views

Charge and Electric Field of a Hollow Conductor

Charge and Electric Field of a Holl...

Added over 3 years ago | 00:01:54 | 8440 views

Spring Paradox

Spring Paradox

Added over 4 years ago | 00:01:01 | 17838 views

Physics Demo -- Lenz's Law

Physics Demo -- Lenz's Law

Added almost 7 years ago | 00:00:29 | 48534 views