View Single Post
Jan24-13, 04:30 PM
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
sophiecentaur's Avatar
P: 12,251
You could do the same experiment with the spring in space, as long as the coils of the spring were not touching (easy to do by designing the spring right or by over stretching it a bit). The period of oscillation would be the same.
The sine function comes from the solution to the equation of motion of a spring for which the restoring force is proportional to the displacement.