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Homework Help: Harmonic Motion

  1. Mar 20, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Compare the simple harmonic motion of two identical masses oscillating up and down on springs with different spring constants.

    2. Relevant equations
    F = -kx

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Okay, so I understand that the higher the spring constant, the harder it is to compress the spring. But I don't know how to relate that to the graph of harmonic motion. If the spring constant is higher , does that mean that the amplitude is lower? Or that the frequency is shorter?
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  3. Mar 20, 2015 #2

    Suraj M

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    Do have any equation relating time period and spring constant.
  4. Mar 20, 2015 #3

    Doc Al

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    For one thing, frequency is cycles per second (or radians per second, for angular frequency). Frequencies could be described as higher or lower; wavelengths, as longer or shorter.

    How does frequency relate to spring constant? Look it up!
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