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Graph of a damped vibratory deflection y.
Damped spring.
In physics, damping is any effect that tends to reduce the amplitude of vibrations.[1]

In mechanics, the internal friction may be one of the causes of such damping effect. For many purposes the damping force Ff can be modeled as being proportional to the velocity v of the object:

[math]F_{\mathrm f} = -c v \, ,[/math]

where c is the damping coefficient, given in units of Newton-seconds per meter.

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  1. Tongue, Benson, Principles of Vibration, Oxford University Pres, 2001,

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    ISBN 0-195-142462