Frequency of a simple harmonic oscillator

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Homework Statement



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?

Homework Equations


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

The Attempt at a Solution


No idea where to start. Some guidance on steps would be helpful! thanks
 

Answers and Replies

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Also note that [itex] \omega = 2 \cdot \pi \cdot f [/itex]. You now have all the tools, just solve!
 
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berkeman
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Homework Statement



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?

Homework Equations


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

The Attempt at a Solution


No idea where to start. Some guidance on steps would be helpful! thanks

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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