Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in

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.

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


Viewed
52904 times

More from MIT Department of Physics Technical Services Group

Physics Demo -- Lenz's Law

Physics Demo -- Lenz's Law

Added over 8 years ago | 00:00:28 | 52937 views

Moving Sand Cart Over a Rotating Surface

Moving Sand Cart Over a Rotating Su...

Added 7 years ago | 00:01:13 | 36972 views

MIT Physics Demo -- Jacob's Ladder and the Melting Nail

MIT Physics Demo -- Jacob's Ladder ...

Added over 8 years ago | 00:01:26 | 57049 views

Temperature Effect on Resistance

Temperature Effect on Resistance

Added over 7 years ago | 00:01:10 | 47022 views

Center of Mass Trajectory

Center of Mass Trajectory

Added over 7 years ago | 00:01:30 | 54433 views

Speed of a Bullet

Speed of a Bullet

Added 8 years ago | 00:00:22 | 47180 views