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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
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First we compute the natural frequencies of vibration of four identical particles coupled by ideal, massless harmonic springs. The four particles are constrained to move on a fixed circle. The initial computations are simplified by a transformation to symmetry coordinates. Then the symmetry of the vibrating system is broken by changing the mass of a single particle by a very small amount. We observe the effect of applying the symmetry transformation to the now slightly nonsymmetric system. We compute the new frequencies and compare them with the frequencies of the original symmetric system of oscillators. Results of similar calculations for 2,3,5, and 6particles are given.
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VCU Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Publications