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Oscillation and Period

  1. Apr 29, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A mass attached by a light spring to the ceiling of an elevator oscillates vertically while the elevator ascends with constant acceleration. Is the period greater than, less than, or the same as when the elevator is at rest

    2. Relevant equations

    T=2pi * sqrt(m/k)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Since the equation doesn't account for acceleration, is the period the same?
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2009 #2

    LowlyPion

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    That is correct.

    The increased acceleration (g + a) serves to alter the relaxed length at equilibrium.
     
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