# Maximum acceleration of a dot on a slinky?

• uberifrit
In summary, the dot on the slinky exhibits simple harmonic motion with an amplitude of 5,4 * 10^-3 m and a frequency of 4,0 Hz. To find the maximum acceleration of the dot, you will need to use the equation that describes the position of the dot along a straight line through time, which involves sine.
uberifrit
A dot (representing vibration) on a slinky exhibits simple harmonic motion as the longitudinal wave passes. The wave has an amplitude of 5,4 * 10^-3 m and a frquency of 4,0 Hz. Find the maximum acceleration of the dot.

Please could you explain what equations to use and how to answer in detail. This would be much appreciated as I am just starting this subject

Last edited:
uberifrit said:
A dot (representing vibration) on a slinky exhibits simple harmonic motion as the longitudinal wave passes. The wave has an amplitude of 5,4 * 10^-3 m and a frquency of 4,0 Hz. Find the maximum acceleration of the dot.

Please could you explain what equations to use and how to answer in detail. This would be much appreciated as I am just starting this subject

Since you are studying simple harmonic motion, could you give the equation that describes the position of your dot along a straight line through time? The one that has sine in it?

I am happy to help explain this concept to you. To find the maximum acceleration of the dot on a slinky, we need to use the equation for simple harmonic motion, which is:

a = -ω^2x

Where:
a = acceleration
ω = angular frequency
x = displacement

In this case, the dot on the slinky is undergoing simple harmonic motion as a longitudinal wave passes through it. The amplitude of the wave, which is represented by the maximum displacement of the dot, is 5.4 * 10^-3 m. The frequency of the wave is 4.0 Hz, which means that the dot completes 4 full oscillations per second.

To find the angular frequency, we can use the formula:

ω = 2πf

Where:
ω = angular frequency
f = frequency

Substituting the values, we get:

ω = 2π * 4.0 Hz = 8π rad/s

Now, we can plug this value into the equation for acceleration and solve for the maximum acceleration:

a = - (8π rad/s)^2 * 5.4 * 10^-3 m
a = - 270.4 m/s^2

Therefore, the maximum acceleration of the dot on the slinky is 270.4 m/s^2.

It is important to note that this is a maximum value, as the acceleration of the dot will vary as it undergoes simple harmonic motion. The dot will experience zero acceleration at the equilibrium point (when it is at its resting position) and maximum acceleration at the amplitude points (when it is at its maximum displacement). This is due to the fact that the acceleration is directly proportional to the displacement, as shown in the equation above.

I hope this explanation helps you understand how to find the maximum acceleration of a dot on a slinky. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

## What is maximum acceleration?

Maximum acceleration is the highest rate of change in velocity that an object can achieve. It is a measure of how quickly an object can increase its speed.

## How is maximum acceleration calculated?

Maximum acceleration can be calculated by dividing the change in velocity by the time it takes to achieve that change. It can also be calculated by taking the derivative of the object's velocity with respect to time.

## What factors affect the maximum acceleration of a dot on a slinky?

The maximum acceleration of a dot on a slinky is affected by the force applied, the mass of the dot, the stiffness of the slinky, and any other external forces acting on the system.

## What is the relationship between maximum acceleration and maximum speed?

Maximum acceleration and maximum speed are closely related. In general, the higher the maximum acceleration, the faster the object will be able to achieve its maximum speed.

## How does the length of the slinky affect the maximum acceleration of a dot?

The length of the slinky can affect the maximum acceleration of a dot. A longer slinky will have a longer distance for the dot to travel, which may result in a slower maximum acceleration. However, a longer slinky may also have a higher stiffness, which could increase the maximum acceleration. Ultimately, the relationship between slinky length and maximum acceleration will depend on the specific properties of the slinky and the dot.

• High Energy, Nuclear, Particle Physics
Replies
2
Views
541
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
7
Views
2K
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
3
Views
2K
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
15
Views
2K
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
6
Views
4K
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
9
Views
826
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
11
Views
3K
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
21
Views
2K
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
2
Views
6K
• Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
13
Views
4K