# Find the ratio of mass spring, oscillation problem

1. Homework Statement

Two identical springs have attached mass M1 on the one and mass m2 on the other. We found that the psrings with mass m1 osciallates with a 2/5 frequency of the other spring.. Find the ratio of the mass of spring B to that of spring A ( M2/M1)

Can someone work this out, so i can learn how to do it, because i dont get which equations to use to get a M2/M1 ratio, i know one for frequency F2/F1 , but not this

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Kurdt
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What have you tried?

tiny-tim
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i dont get which equations to use …
Hi th3plan! Well, what equations do you know?

Tell us, and we'll tell you which one to use! What is frequency?
What is the magnitude of spring force?

this is a simple harmonic problem, u dont need to know frequency or magnitude, because your just deriving an equation from it i believe, with the use of other equations

Doc Al
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For the simple harmonic motion of a mass on a spring, how are frequency, mass, and spring constant related? Once you have that basic formula, set up a ratio.

Kurdt
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this is a simple harmonic problem, u dont need to know frequency or magnitude, because your just deriving an equation from it i believe, with the use of other equations
So what have you tried? Nobody here will work this out for you since its not the policy of this forum to do your homework, but to help you with it.

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/shm.html

Of course i dont want you to do my homework. I dont learn anything .

This is what i would think to do. I know frequency is 2/5, so to use equation

F=1/2pi $$\sqrt{k/m}$$

Doc Al
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That's all you need. Now plug in $f_1, m_1$ and compare with $f_2, m_2$.

yes that what i was thinking to do :), just wanted to be sure