Problem: Suppose the damping constant b of an oscillator increases.  a. Is the medium more resistive or less resistive?b. Do the oscillations damp out more quickly or less quickly? c. Is the time constant, τ increased, or decreased? 

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Damping force:

FD=-bv

Where b is the damping constant and v is the velocity.

(a)

Damping force is directly proportional to the damping constant. Increasing the damping constant will increase the damping force.

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Suppose the damping constant b of an oscillator increases.  

a. Is the medium more resistive or less resistive?

b. Do the oscillations damp out more quickly or less quickly? 

c. Is the time constant, τ increased, or decreased? 

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