The mechanical energy of a simple harmonic oscillator:
E0 = 0.5k(A0)2
A1 = [A0 - (3/100)A0] = 0.97A0
E1 = (1/2)k•(A1)2 = (1/2)k•(0.97A0)2 = 0.47045k(A0)2
The amplitude of a lightly damped harmonic oscillator decreases by 3.0% during each cycle.
What percentage of the mechanical energy of the oscillator is lost in each cycle?
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