Classical Mechanics
The Vibrations of Molecules - I : The Simple Harmonic Oscillator
George L. Hardgrove, St. Olaf College
This Mathcad file presents a basic introduction to simple harmonic motion and permit students to explore the effect of mass and force constant on this motion. It also gives a foundation to harmonic motion interms of Legrange's equation of motion.
The Vibrations of Molecules - II : The Carbon Dioxide Molecule
George L. Hardgrove, St. Olaf College
This Mathcad file providez a basic introduction to harmonic motion in a triatomicmolecule. Students explore the effect of initial velocity andposition on the mode of vibration obtained by solving classical equations of motion. The document can serve as an introduction to Molecular Dynamics.