# Mass on a Spring

1. Mar 24, 2008

### joeypeter

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A 1.30 kg mass on a spring oscilates horizontally with little friction according to the following equation: x = 0.070cos(2.50t), where x is in meters and t in seconds.
1) Find the maximum energy stored in the spring during an oscillation.

2) Find the maximum velocity of the mass.

2. Relevant equations
I have no clue how to do this problem. Can someone show me step by step how to do it.

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Mar 24, 2008

### Snazzy

The displacement function of simple harmonic motion is:

$$x(t) = Acos(\omega t +\phi )$$

There is an equation that relates the angular frequency to the mass and the spring constant, and the maximum energy of a SHM system is 1/2 kA^2.

The maximum velocity can be obtained by finding the derivative of the displacement function and determining what the maximum value of sin is.