In the previous chapter we undertook the study of certain systems with linear equations of motion and with no dissipation of energy. In pointing out that hysteresis involved both dissipation and nonlinearity, we remarked that the former can occur without the latter. The most familiar device that dissipates energy in a manner describable by linear differential equations is a resistor in an electric circuit. Accordingly, we shall in this chapter treat electrical systems before mechanical.
KeywordsLinear Differential Equation Oscillatory Function Logarithmic Decrement Cos2 Function Simple Harmonic Motion
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