# Amplitude of string when the string breaks

1. Jun 24, 2014

### desmond iking

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

my question is on part b

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3. The attempt at a solution

the period will be shorter due to smaller mass of oscillating system... but the amplitude is greater( ans from my book , in my opinion, the amplitude should be smaller because the string is (dispalcement) is displaced lesser if the mass is removed

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2. Jun 24, 2014

### dauto

By the time the string breaks the metal strip is already deflected downwards to its maximum deflection so your reasoning makes no sense. The strip will oscillate around the new equilibrium position which is further up since the mass is removed. That means the extreme position is further away from the equilibrium position increasing the amplitude.

3. Jun 24, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

True.

Not true.

4. Jun 26, 2014

### desmond iking

why the third statement is not true? i cant unbderstand

5. Jun 26, 2014