780.20: 1094 Session 7

Handouts: Excerpts from Chaps. 9 and 11 on the nonlinear oscillator and excerpts from Chap. 14 on chaos, diffeq_oscillations.cpp printout.

Now that we've got routines to solve differential equations, we're going to explore some interesting one: nonlinear oscillators. Today we'll play with a program that solves for the time dependence of such an oscillator.

Your goals for today (and ...):

Please work in pairs (more or less). The instructors will bounce around 1094 and answer questions.

Leftover Task from Session 6

Spend about 45 minutes (or less) on this.

  1. Integrating a First-Order Differential Equation. Try to finish through part 7. If you find that the errors for Euler and Runge-Kutta lie on top of each other, most likely you have not evaluated the exact answer at precisely the same time as the last points. If you get stuck, ask an instructor.

Driven Nonlinear Oscillations

The handout with excerpts from Chapters 9 and 11 describe the driven nonlinear oscillator that is coded in diffeq_oscillations.cpp. Note that the force depends on k and an exponent p, the external force has a magnitude f_ext, a frequency w_ext, and a phase phi_ext. The initial conditions in position and velocity are designated x0 and v0. You also have control over the time interval (increase t_end to see longer times), the step size h, and how often points are printed to the file (plot_skip).

  1. Create a project called diffeq_oscillator and add diffeq_oscillator.cpp, diffeq_routines.cpp and diffeq_routines.h. This code outputs to the file diffeq_oscillator.dat five columns of data: t, x(t), v(t), kinetic energy, and potential energy. There are four gnuplot plot files provided (diffeq_oscillations1.plt, etc.), each of which generates a different type of plot. Run diffeq_oscillator with the default values (enter "0" when it says "What do you want to change?") to calculate a data set. Start gnuplot and "load diffeq_oscillations1.plt" and then "load diffeq_oscillations2.plt". (Once you've given these commands once, you can use just use the arrows to go back and forth.) Briefly, what do each of these plots show?

  2. [Wouldn't it be convenient to generate all four plots at once in separate files? Load "diffeq_oscillations_all.plt"! This only works on Linux. Sorry!]
  3. It's always a question whether or not you have coded a problem correctly, so you should always seek ways to check your results. One possibility is if we have a known solution. This works for p=2 (simple harmonic oscillator). What about other p? Another check is to identify a quantity that shouldn't change with time. Create a plot of such a quantity (you'll want to increase t_end) and observe the effect of changing the step size h to a larger value [e.g., try 10 and 100 times larger]. How do you decide on a reasonable h to use?

    (The "plot_skip" parameter indicates how often a point is written to the output file. So plot_skip=10 means that every 10 points is output.)
  4. Verify that different amplitudes (e.g., different initial conditions determined by x0 and v0) lead to different periods for an anharmonic oscillator (p<2 or p>2). [Hint: You might find the "append" option useful.] Can you identify a qualitative rule? E.g., does larger amplitude mean shorter or longer period always? Can you explain the rule?

  5. Go back to the original parameters (quit the program and start it again), which has p=2. Now add a driving force f_ext=10 with w_ext=1 and look at the time dependence and phase-space plots. Then increase w_ext to 3.14 and then to w_ext=6.28. What are you observing? Now repeat with p=3 (starting with f=0). Can you find resonant behavior?

Adding Damping

Real-world systems have friction, which means the motion will be damped. On page 150 of the text (see the back page of the Chap. 9/11 handout) is a list of three simple models for friction. We'll implement viscous damping: Ff = -b*v, where v(t) is the velocity.

  1. Introduce the damping parameter "b" into the code:
    1. add it to the force_parameters structure (with a comment!);
    2. add it to the list of local force parameters in the main program;
    3. give it an initial value;
    4. add a menu item (e.g., [13]) and a case statement to get a new value.
    Try this part out before proceeding.
  2. Modify the "rhs" routine to include damping (you're on your own here!). What did you add?

  3. Test your routine starting with p=2 and a small damping and look at both the time dependence and the phase-space plots. Then try some other p values.
  4. Identify the three regimes described on page 150: underdamped, critically damped, and overdamped.

Looking for Chaos (Part I)

Now we want to put it all together: a damped, driven, nonlinear oscillator. The excerpt from chapter 14 describes a different system, namely a realistic pendulum, but it has the same basic features.

  1. On page 191, there is a list of characteristic structures that can be found in phase space, with sample pictures on page 190. Can you find combinations of parameters that produce pictures like these? (Try to imitate the x(t) vs. t pictures first.)

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