Hey everyone. I have 2 relatively basic questions about horizontal springs. I feel like the questions are actually very simple (it's just highschool physics) but I think I'm approaching it the wrong way. Any help would be greatly appreciated.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

1. I'm supposed to find the spring constant when a 5.5kg mass is vibrating at the end of a horizontal spring. It reaches a maximum speed of 7.2m/s and has a maximum displacement of 0.23m. Ignore friction.

2. I'm supposed to find the acceleration of a 4.97kg mass when the displacement of the mass is 2.56m. It oscillating on the end of a horizontal spring with a frequency of 0.467s to the left.

1.

I thought I should first find the acceleration, then force (F=ma) and then solve for the spring constant (k=-F/x). To find the acceleration, I used a=V^2/2d. However, that gave me almost 113m/s. Surely that isn't correct... I feel like I should be using equations for energy somewhere, but I'm not sure which ones.

2.

I tried a similar thing here, using a=2d/t^2. I assumed that I should divide time by 2, because that's the time for a complete oscillation, and I'm only calculating half (2.56m and back to equilibrium). However, this gives me an acceleration of almost 94 m/s^2, which also doesn't feel right.

Thanks in advance!

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# Homework Help: Horizontal spring oscillations

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