Math 3226
Test 3
Fall 1996

No books, notes etc. are permitted.
The test has 6 problems.

Read the problems very carefully.

Problem 1 (15 points) (A) What can you say about the eigenvalues associated with the linear system depicted below?
(B) Find a set of eigenvectors for the system! Problem 2 (20 points) (A) Find the motion y(t) of a spring-mass system with mass m=1, spring constant and damping coefficient , satisfying the initial conditions (B) Is the spring underdamped, critically damped, or overdamped?

Problem 3 (15 points) (A) Find the general solution of the following system of linear differential equations: (B) What can you say about the equilibrium point (0,0)?

Problem 4 (15 points) (A) Find the general solution of the following system of linear differential equations: (B) What can you say about the equilibrium point (0,0)?

Problem 5 (15 points) (A) For which value of the spring constant is the harmonic oscillator critically damped?

(B) Describe the long-term behavior of the solutions to the critically damped harmonic oscillator!
(C) How does the behavior of the solutions to the harmonic oscillator change as the oscillator changes from being underdamped to being overdamped?

Problem 6 (20 points) Find all equilibrium points of the following system, and then--using the technique of linearization--classify each of them according to its type (if possible). Helmut Knaust
Fri Dec 6 11:26:40 MST 1996