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## How is the damping constant related to the rate of decay of the oscillations?

When the damping constant is small, b < √4mk, the system oscillates while the amplitude of the motion decays exponentially. This system is said to be underdamped, as in curve (a). Many systems are underdamped, and oscillate while the amplitude decreases exponentially, such as the mass oscillating on a spring.

## What is mean life time of damped oscillation?

The time interval τ during which the amplitude drops to 1/e of its initial value is known as mean lifetime of the oscillation.

**What is energy decay in damped harmonic oscillator?**

A lightly damped harmonic oscillator moves with ALMOST the same frequency, but it loses amplitude and velocity and energy as times goes on. The timescale over which the amplitude decays is related to the time constant tau . As the resistive force increases (b increases), the decay happens more quickly.

**Does damping change time period?**

If you gradually increase the amount of damping in a system, the period and frequency begin to be affected, because damping opposes and hence slows the back and forth motion.

### What is relaxation time of damped oscillator?

Definition of relaxation time 1 : the time required for an exponentially decreasing variable (as the amplitude of a damped oscillation) to drop from an initial value to 1/e or 0.368 of that value (where e is the base of natural logarithms)

### How does damping affect time period?

The time period of the oscillator increases when damping is present. This is because what damping does is essentially it dissipates energy and delays the motion so the time taken to complete one cycle increases slightly.

**How does the time period of the oscillation change in presence of damping?**

The mass oscillates around the equilibrium position in a fluid with viscosity but the amplitude decreases for each oscillation. For a system that has a small amount of damping, the period and frequency are constant and are nearly the same as for SHM, but the amplitude gradually decreases as shown.

**What is the effect of damping on frequency and time period?**

Damping decreases the natural frequency from its ideal value.

#### Does period decrease in damped oscillations?

Thus the period and frequency of a damped oscillator are constant throughout its motion.

#### Does time period change in damped oscillation?

**Does damping reduce time period?**

**What is the relationship between time period and frequency?**

The number of times a cycle is completed in a second is the frequency. The time taken to complete one vibration is called time period. Frequency and time period is inversely proportional, the number of vibrations per second is frequency. f = 1 t f=\frac{1}{t} f=t1 or t = 1 f t=\frac{1}{f} t=f1.

## How does the time period of oscillation changes in presence of damping?

## What is the effect of damping on the time period of oscillation of a pendulum?

And that’s why damping increases the period of the oscillation.

**Is collision time and relaxation time same?**

It known as, the collision time (relaxation time), it plays a fundamental role in the theory of metallic conduction. It follows from this assumption that an electron picked at random at a given moment will, on the average, travel for a time τ before its next collision.

**Is relaxation time and mean collision time same?**

The drift velocity after some time ‘t’ is: where τ is called relaxation time. when t = τ then Equation (5.20) becomes: (ii)Mean collision Time- The mean free time of a molecule in a fluid is the average time between collisions.

### What are T1 and T2 relaxation times?

The approach of the system to thermal equilibrium is known as relaxation and T1 and T2 are relaxation times (relaxation rates R1(2)=1/T1(2) are also used). Both relaxation times are time constants used to characterize what are assumed to be first order rate processes.