Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Conceptual question on Simple Harmonic Motion.

  1. Nov 3, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Given that a spring with a ball of mass m attached to it is oscillating in between x=A and x=-A where x=0 is the equilibrium position. Will the equilibrium position change when the the mass of the ball is doubled?

    2. The attempt at a solution
    I think that the equilibrium position will stay at zero and the amplitude will increases. Not sure though.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 3, 2011 #2

    ehild

    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    You are right, the equilibrium position does not change with mass if the spring is horizontal. But some characteristics of an SHM depends on the mass. What is it?

    ehild
     
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook