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Oscillation/amplitude question

  1. Feb 19, 2008 #1
    Heres the question Im having problems solving...

    A 3.00kg block hangs from a spring with a spring constant of 200.N/m and is set into vertical oscillation. The block has a velocity of 0.900m/s upwards when the spring is stretched by 11.0 cm. Calculate the amplitude of the oscillation.

    So heres what I got...


    solve for Xm using this equation


    Am I doing it right?
    Help ASAP
    Thank You
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  3. Feb 20, 2008 #2

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    Yes, provided the stretch is measured from the equilibrium position in which the mass hangs after being put on the spring. In this problem, that seems to be implied.
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  4. Feb 20, 2008 #3
    but the answer I am getting is incorrect. The correct answer is 11.6cm (yes i did convert m to cm from my final answer)

    Can someone please solve this
  5. Feb 20, 2008 #4
    It may help to note that you have somehow transmuted 300 kg into 3 kg!

    Using the correct mass, the amplitude of the oscilation is 1.16 m or 116 cm - which is what is was supposed to be apart from a factor of 10? Did you mess up the decimals here as well? (No hard feelings, that happens for the best of us)
  6. Feb 20, 2008 #5

    Oops...sorry. It is suppose to be 3.00kg. According to the book, yes, the correct answer should be 11.6cm. Do you think you can solve it for me? Ive got a midterm today at 11.30

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  7. Feb 20, 2008 #6
    Are you sure it is not 300 *grams* = 0.3 kg? In that case I get 11.5 cm, which is the best so far - otherwise I get 15.6 cm

    The general symbolic solution is pretty obvious:

    Which is also what you will get from a diffential-eq approach. So it is correct - It seems that you just need to get the numbers right.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2008
  8. Feb 20, 2008 #7
    ok...so maybe the books answer is incorrect because I got the same answer as you
  9. Jun 21, 2009 #8


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    can I just check that this is the same sort of question?

    "A mass at the end of a spring oscillates with a period of 2.8s. The mazimum displacement of the mass from its equilibrium position is 16cm.

    a) what is the amplitude of the oscillations?
    b) i) its angular frequency;
    ii) its maxium acceleration.

    I've looked through most of the posts about this, and I still can't work out whether this is the same sort of question, or how to work it out. please help.
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