Does anybody know the solution to

y'' = -W*W*y - B cos(W*t)

where W and B are constants and t is time.

y'' is second order derivative of y with respect to t

Thank you.

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- July 8th 2007, 09:04 PMcyalSolution to y'' = -W*W*y - Bcos(W*t) ?
Does anybody know the solution to

y'' = -W*W*y - B cos(W*t)

where W and B are constants and t is time.

y'' is second order derivative of y with respect to t

Thank you. - July 8th 2007, 09:44 PMservantes135
are you sure that it's not -(w^2)t not -(w^2)y

- July 8th 2007, 10:03 PMJhevon
What servantes135 said made me got scared there might be a typo...there better not be! This took forever to type.

What we have here is a second order differential equation. I'm much too tired to go through any lengthly explanation, so I won't (unless you need me to). I will use the method of undermined coefficients, hopefully you know it.

For the homogeneous solution, assume

Now we choose a particular solution of the form:

Plug the respective formulas for the particular solution into the original differential equation, we obtain:

This simplifies to:

By equating coefficients we get:

Now our general solution is given by:

I'm really tired, so you should really double check this - July 9th 2007, 03:00 AMCaptainBlack
- July 9th 2007, 08:11 AMservantes135
thanks jevon after I posed I started thinking that it might be a homogenous derivative but I was also extreemly tired last night too. That makes so much more sence then what was runnung thought my head.

- July 9th 2007, 08:23 AMJhevon
- July 9th 2007, 08:48 AMcyalThank you
Thank you everybody for providing the solution :)

- July 9th 2007, 10:31 PMcyalOn a related note..
Thank you very much for your help with the previous problem. Could somebody please help me with a related problem ..

y'' = - W ^ 2 * y - B cos( K * t )

where K is not equal to W - July 9th 2007, 10:35 PMJhevon
this problem is pretty much the same as the last one. in fact, this one is easier than the last one.

find the homogeneous solution as i did, but for the particular solution choose:

no product rule is required to differentiate those guys, just a little chain rule, so you'll have a much easier time with the computations - July 10th 2007, 08:34 PMcyalThank you very much
Jhevon thank you very much for taking time to answer my question.:)

- July 10th 2007, 09:51 PMcyallittle confused by the solution.
I tried the solution for the 2nd question.

y'' = -w^2y + Bcos(kt) (where k != w)

which was

y = Asin(wt+d) + B/(w^2 - k^2) cos(kt)

I am confused about the 2nd part, seems like as K approaches W, the amplitude will be extreamly high.

If you think of the system as a Simple Oscillator (y'' = -w^2y) with a small driving force (Bcos(kt)), the fact that you get a huge oscialltion when the driving frequency K is close to natural frequency W seems odd. :confused: Especially when the amplitude is only growing linearly with time when K = W. Does somebody happen to know any valid explanation for this?

Thank you. - July 10th 2007, 10:26 PMJhevon
the solution is:

Quote:

I am confused about the 2nd part, seems like as K approaches W, the amplitude will be extreamly high.

If you think of the system as a Simple Oscillator (y'' = -w^2y) with a small driving force (Bcos(kt)), the fact that you get a huge oscialltion when the driving frequency K is close to natural frequency W seems odd. :confused: Especially when the amplitude is only growing linearly with time when K = W. Does somebody happen to know any valid explanation for this?

Thank you.

- July 10th 2007, 11:07 PMCaptainBlack
Resonance.

When the driving function is at the natural frquency of the oscillator it

is pumping energy into the system and so the amplitude goes off to infinity.

Look at the solution to the first ODE where K=W, there is a t infront of

one of the sinusoids, so as t goes to infinity the amplitude goes to

infinity.

RonL - July 11th 2007, 09:42 AMcyal
Right I understand that at Resonance the oscillator will keep gaining energy as the time increases.

But with the solution to the 2nd ODE, time does not need to be infinity, even with in a 1/10th of a second the system can gain humongous energy when K is close to W.

consider K = W + 10^-4

then W^2 - K^2 => -2*W*10^-4

which means the second term in 2nd ODE, becomes

-B/(2*W)*10^4 * cos(kt)

even if you take 't' close to 1 or 2 seconds, that is a huge gain in energy. Even more than what the system would have gained at Resonance within the first two seconds, which is contrary to reality.

Or may be as K approaches W, the solution transforms into the 1st ODE solution for Resonance.