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# Exercises

1. Consider a uniformly beaded string with beads that is similar to that pictured in Figure 19, except that each end of the string is attached to a massless ring that slides (in the -direction) on a frictionless rod. Demonstrate that the normal modes of the system take the form

where

is as defined in Section 5.1, and are constants, the integer indexes the beads, and the mode number indexes the modes. How many unique normal modes does the system possess, and what are their mode numbers? Show that the lowest frequency mode has an infinite wavelength and zero frequency. Explain this peculiar result.

2. Consider a uniformly beaded string with beads that is similar to that pictured in Figure 19, except that the left end of the string is fixed, and the right end is attached to a massless ring which slides (in the -direction) on a frictionless rod. Find the normal modes and normal frequencies of the system.

3. The preceding figure shows the left and right extremities of a linear LC network consisting of identical inductors of inductance , and identical capacitors of capacitance . Let the instantaneous current flowing through the th inductor be , for . Demonstrate from Kirchhoff's circuital laws that the currents evolve in time according to the coupled equations

for , where , and . Find the normal frequencies of the system.

4. Suppose that the outermost two capacitors in the circuit considered in the previous exercise are short-circuited. Find the new normal frequencies of the system.

5. A uniform string of length , tension , and mass per unit length , is stretched between two immovable walls. Suppose that the string is initially in its equilibrium state. At it is struck by a hammer in such a manner as to impart an impulsive velocity to a small segment of length centered on the mid-point. Find an expression for the subsequent motion of the string. Plot the motion as a function of time in a similar fashion to Figure 29, assuming that .

6. A uniform string of length , tension , and mass per unit length , is stretched between two massless rings, attached to its ends, that slide (in the -direction) along frictionless rods. Demonstrate that, in this case, the most general solution to the wave equation takes the form

where , and , , , and are arbitrary constants. Show that

where and are integers (that are not both zero). Use this result to demonstrate that the arbitrary constants in the previous solution can be determined from the initial conditions as follows:

where , , and

Suppose that the string is initially in its equilibrium state. At it is struck by a hammer in such a manner as to impart an impulsive velocity to a small segment of length centered on the mid-point. Find an expression for the subsequent motion of the string.

7. The linear LC circuit considered in Exercise 3 can be thought of as a discrete model of a uniform lossless transmission line (e.g., a co-axial cable). In this interpretation, represents , where . Moreover, , and , where and are the capacitance per unit length and the inductance per unit length of the line, respectively. Show that, in the limit , the evolution equation for the coupled currents given in Exercise 3 reduces to the wave equation

where , measures distance along the line, and . If is the potential difference (measured from the top to the bottom) across the th capacitor (from the left) in the circuit shown in Exercise 3, and is the corresponding voltage in the transmission line, show that the discrete circuit equations relating the and reduce to

in the transmission line limit. Hence, demonstrate that the voltage in a transmission line satisfies the wave equation

8. Consider a uniform string of length , tension , and mass per unit length that is stretched between two immovable walls. Show that the total energy of the string, which is the sum of its kinetic and potential energies, is

where is the string's (relatively small) transverse displacement. The general motion of the string can be represented as a linear superposition of the normal modes: that is,

where . Demonstrate that

where

is the energy of the th normal mode. Here, is the mass of the string, and the angular frequency of the th normal mode.

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Richard Fitzpatrick 2013-04-08