ANGULAR SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION
When a body is allowed to rotate freely about a given axis then the oscillation is known as the angular oscillation.
The point at which the resultant torque acting on the body is taken to be zero is called mean position. If the body is displaced from the mean position, then the resultant torque acts such that it is proportional to the angular displacement and this torque has a tendency to bring the body towards the mean position.
Let be the angular displacement of the body and the resultant torque the body is
κ is the restoring torsion constant, which is torque per unit angular displacement. If I is the moment of inertia of the body and is the angular acceleration then
This differential equation resembles simple harmonic differential equation.
So, comparing equation (10.17) with simple harmonic motion given in equation (10.10), we have
The frequency of the angular harmonic motion (from equation 10.13) is
In linear simple harmonic motion, the displacement of the particle is measured in terms of linear displacement The restoring force is =− k , where k is a spring constant or force constant which is force per unit displacement. In this case, the inertia factor is mass of the body executing simple harmonic motion.
In angular simple harmonic motion, the displacement of the particle is measured in terms of angular displacement . Here, the spring factor stands for torque constant i.e., the moment of the couple to produce unit angular displacement or the restoring torque per unit angular displacement. In this case, the inertia factor stands for moment of inertia of the body executing angular simple harmonic oscillation.