By Eric Sullivan1, Kelly Cline

1. Mathematics, Carroll College, Helena MT USA

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Students use their knowledge of second-order linear differential equations in

conjunction with physical intuition of spring-mass systems to estimate the damping

coefficient and spring constant from data. The data is presented as {%5Cit total

distance traveled} instead of displacement so the students must rely on previous

calculus knowledge as well as knowledge of differential equations and numerical


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  • Eric Sullivan; Kelly Cline (2015), "3-060-S-DataToDifferentialEquation," https://simiode.org/resources/1387.

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