Today, I used a pedagogical paradigm that I have invented in order to explain to some college students the relationship between mechanical and electromagnetic oscillations in the voltage analogy.
We know that the L of the electromagnetic oscillation corresponds to the mass m of the mechanical oscillation, while 1/C corresponds to the spring’s stiffness k or s and also R to the b coefficient of damping. All together, under the presence of a force, these create oscillating waves of various types.
So now consider a swimmer analogy:
We know that every swimmer has a distinct potential due to the different physical attributes he or she may possess. Potential is the ability to produce consumable energy and thus work, distinct to each different swimmer.
A swimmer acts a force with his or her hands on the water’s mass resulting in moving his own mass forward. His/her mass represents the inductance, while the lungs’ capacity is the oxygen buffer, to be used from the body, to be burned in muscles and that push the body to the next breathing cycle and also forward. While the hands are deep inside the water pushing it back, the acceleration on mass is at its minimum, while the oxygen storage is almost at zero.
When the hands come out of the water and before the next stroke the swimmer gets a new deep breath of air and with the new oxygen’s mass (charge) at the maximum the swimmer exerts the maximum force on the water while sinking his/her hands inside it having at the moment the maximum acceleration. The friction of the body with water is of course the damping factor, the electrical resistance so to say. And from all that, water waves come.
Studies have shown that our body’s performance of a specific task is at its optimum if we are able to tune the rhythm, duration, and depth of our breathing to the emerging demands of the task undertaken. In athletics, where a rhythm almost always must be followed or kept, our ability to tune our breathing oxygen-burning rhythm with our efforts to tackle with dynamic patterns of the external task’s rhythm determines our performance. The closer the external task comes to an oscillatory or harmonic pattern the harder for us to well-tune our oxygen-burn/body-motion rhythm to the external demands so to maximize the produced work while performing against a given resistive/damping force; for example friction, while jogging.
Other extensions of the L-R-C / m-b-k paradigm may be used to explain behavioral aspects of our intelligent existence, or help to study them. The Soul-Brain-Mind core triplet of our existence for example, may be well considered as the fundamental oscillatory system for our internal energy that when controlled or tuned, a happy living is reached.
For that control to be achieved free will and its meaning must be first acknowledged as the fundamental trigger for this oscillation. And although we neither choose the time nor the place of our birth free will seems to be above all other triggers the most precious, the misuse of which usually result in personal or social break-downs.
Ioannis Piliounis heads up his own company called Atlascom, which works on IoT designs based on ARM Cortex-M4 32bit microcontrollers that bind GPRS, 4G, landline and microwave front-end communications with industrial, residential and telemetry monitoring and control systems.
This article first appeared on EE Times’ Planet Analog website.
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