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Magnetic Damped Oscillations

As a cart oscillates on an aluminum track, the magnets induce eddy currents in the track, causing magnetic drag on the cart. The amount of damping is varied by changing the spacing between the magnets and the track. Systems are investigated that are under-damped, over-damped, and critically damped.


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25B_Magneitc_Damped_Oscillations.docx 584.78 KB
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25B_Two_Springs.jpg 64.46 KB
25B_Magneitc_Damped_Oscillations.pdf 175.42 KB
Source: Lab #25B

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Magnetic Damped Oscillations