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Frequency of a simple harmonic oscillator

  1. Sep 26, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider a mass hanging from an ideal spring. Assume the mass is equal to 1 kg and the spring constant is 10 N/m. What is the characteristic frequency of this simple harmonic oscillator?

    2. Relevant equations
    No idea I think Hookes law
    F=-ky
    Some other relevant equations?
    [itex]\omega^{2}[/itex] = K/M

    3. The attempt at a solution
    No idea where to start. Some guidance on steps would be helpful! thanks
     
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  3. Sep 26, 2013 #2
    Also note that [itex] \omega = 2 \cdot \pi \cdot f [/itex]. You now have all the tools, just solve!
     
  4. Sep 27, 2013 #3

    berkeman

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    You must show some effort before we can be of much tutorial help. Look at your textbook and class notes -- they should contain the material about spring-mass oscillation. You can also look at this wikipedia page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_harmonic_motion

    That should get you going. Please show us your work.
     
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