Measuring coupled oscillations using an automated video analysis technique based on image recognition

The applications of the digital video image to the investigation of physical phenomena have increased enormously in recent years. The advances in computer technology and image recognition techniques allow the analysis of more complex problems. In this work, we study the movement of a damped coupled oscillation system. The motion is considered as a linear combination of two normal modes, i.e. the symmetric and antisymmetric modes. The image of the experiment is recorded with a video camera and analysed by means of software developed in our laboratory. The results show a very good agreement with the theory.