Engineering

Modeling dynamic instability in tractors

Researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) modeled the dynamic instability—the so-called 'power hop'—that can cause uncontrollable bouncing and damage tractors when they plow dry ground. The ...

Engineering

Nature can help solve optimization problems

Today's best digital computers still struggle to solve, in a practical time frame, a certain class of problem: combinatorial optimization problems, or those that involve combing through large sets of possibilities to find ...

Oscillation

Oscillation is the repetitive variation, typically in time, of some measure about a central value (often a point of equilibrium) or between two or more different states. Familiar examples include a swinging pendulum and AC power. The term vibration is sometimes used more narrowly to mean a mechanical oscillation but sometimes is used to be synonymous with "oscillation". Oscillations occur not only in physical systems but also in biological systems and in human society.

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