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Mass of a spring

  1. Dec 4, 2006 #1
    Any real spring has mass. Do you think that this mass would make the actual period of a real harmonic oscillator longer or shorter than the period predicted by the equation T= 2*pi*square root m/k. Explain your reasoning.

    I think it will affect the period because I am thinking that the mass of the spring will determine the value for k. So if k is varying then, yes it will affect the period.

    Does it make sense that the mass of the spring is related to k?
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  3. Dec 4, 2006 #2


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    This might give you a small clue: http://www.emporia.edu/physics/keithron/collegelab2/shm.htm" [Broken].
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  4. Dec 4, 2006 #3
    What does the effective mass of the spring mean?
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    This is the point at which you should do some google-ing, since I'm powerless in further explanation. :wink:
  6. Dec 4, 2006 #5
    lol ok and thanks so much for that website, it definitely helped. It was exactly what I was looking for.
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