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4: Symmetries

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    Symmetry is an important concept in physics and mathematics (and art!). In this chapter, we show how the mathematics of symmetry can be used to simplify the analysis of the normal modes of symmetrical systems.

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    In this chapter, we introduce the formal concept of symmetry or invariance.

    1. We will work out some examples of the use of symmetry arguments to simplify the analysis of oscillating systems.


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