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We have seen previously (for instance, in Sect. 10.3) that when systems are perturbed from a stable equilibrium state they experience a restoring force which acts to return them to that state. In many cases of interest, the magnitude of the restoring force is directly proportional to the displacement from equilibrium. In this section, we shall investigate the motion of systems subject to such a force.

Richard Fitzpatrick 2006-02-02