Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Type

Honors Project

School

College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Rundquist, Andrew R.

Abstract

For an unknown oscillator, it is sometimes useful to know what the potential energy function associated with it is. An argument for using a method of determining the optimal sequence of impulsive forces in order to find the potential energy function is made using principles of energy. Global optimization via simulated annealing is discussed, and various parameters that can be adjusted across experiments are established. A method for determining the optimal sequence of impulsive forces for the excitation of a standard LRC circuit is established using the methodology of simulated annealing.

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