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Homework Help: Force constant between 2 atoms

  1. Nov 13, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The atomic mass of tellurium is 2.12×10-25 kg, and the frequency, 7.53×1012 Hz. What is the effective force constant that connects the two atoms?



    2. Relevant equations

    Have no idea

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I am lost with this problem, we havn't learned it in the lectures.
     
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  3. Nov 13, 2008 #2

    tiny-tim

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    Hi dal11!

    Since this is in "introductory physics", I think :redface: that they want you to assume that there's an invisible spring with a mass of 2.12×10-25 kg at either end and an oscillation frequency of 7.53×1012 Hz, and to find the spring constant. :wink:
     
  4. Nov 13, 2008 #3
    Ok that makes sense ;), but I am still don't know how to do that given this information.
     
  5. Nov 14, 2008 #4

    tiny-tim

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    do you know what a spring constant is?

    or what Hooke's law is? or what shm (simple harmonic motion) is?

    do you know any equations relating to springs or to shm?
     
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