Resonance Graphs (Edexcel International A Level Physics)

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Resonance Graphs

  • A graph of driving frequency f against amplitude A of oscillations is called a resonance curve. It has the following key features:
    • When f < f0, the amplitude of oscillations increases
    • At the peak where f = f0, the amplitude is at its maximum. This is resonance
    • When f > f0, the amplitude of oscillations starts to decrease

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The maximum amplitude of the oscillations occurs when the driving frequency is equal to the natural frequency of the oscillator

Damping & Resonance

  • Damping reduces the amplitude of resonance vibrations
  • The height and shape of the resonance curve will therefore change slightly depending on the degree of damping
    • Note: the natural frequency f0 of the oscillator will remain the same

  • As the degree of damping is increased, the resonance graph is altered in the following ways:
    • The amplitude of resonance vibrations decrease, meaning the peak of the curve lowers
    • The resonance peak broadens
    • The resonance peak moves slightly to the left of the natural frequency when heavily damped

  • Therefore, damping reduced the sharpness of resonance and reduces the amplitude at resonant frequency

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As damping is increased, resonance peak lowers, the curve broadens and moves slightly to the left

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