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Also note that because a > 0 the force Fa due to air resistance acts in the opposite direction of the velocity and thus tends to retard, or damp, the motion of the mass. 1, but it is present nonetheless. We automatically compensated for this force by measuring distance from the equilibrium position of the spring. If one wishes to exhibit gravity explicitly, then distance must be measured from the bottom end of the natural length of the spring. That is, the motion of a vibrating spring can be given by ˙˙ x+ a k F (t ) x˙ + x = g + m m m if the origin, x = 0, is the terminal point of the unstretched spring before the mass m is attached.

2 has a unique (only one) solution deﬁned throughout Ᏽ. , n − 1) and f(x) = g(x)/bn(x). , n − 1) is continuous on some interval of interest. 7) on a ≤ x ≤ b. 7 is satisﬁed. 7. 7. ,yn(x)} is linearly independent on a ≤ x ≤ b. 2. The nth-order linear homogeneous differential equation L(y) = 0 always has n linearly independent solutions. ,cn denote arbitrary constants. 3. If the Wronskian of a set of n functions deﬁned on the interval a ≤ x ≤ b is nonzero for at least one point in this interval, then the set of functions is linearly independent there.

The applied force responsible for the 2-ft displacement is the weight of the ball, 128 lb. Thus, F = −128 lb. Hooke’s law then gives −128 = −k(2), or k = 64 lb/ft. For convenience, we choose the downward direction as the positive direction and take the origin to be the center of gravity of the mass in the equilibrium position. We assume that the mass of the spring is negligible and can be neglected and that air resistance, when present, is proportional to the velocity of the mass. Thus, at any time t, there are three forces acting on the system: (1) F(t), measured in the positive direction; (2) a restoring force given by Hooke’s law as Fs = −kx, k > 0; and (3) a force due to air resistance given by Fa = −ax˙, a > 0, where a is the constant of CHAPTER 7: Second-Order Linear Differential Equations 49 proportionality.