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Simple Harmonic Motion Equilibrium

  1. Nov 28, 2013 #1
    I am a little confused with this subject. If you have a mass hanging from a spring, there is a specific equilibrium point, but what if you apply a force downwards on the mass, will this have an effect on the equilibrium position or will it remain the same?

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  3. Nov 28, 2013 #2

    TumblingDice

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    If the force is applied continuously, it would be added to the current downward force of the mass, and (Edit) the system would establish a new equilibrium point. Is that what you meant?
     
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  4. Nov 28, 2013 #3

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    My first reply was poor to incorrect. I think when you said apply a force, you meant adding energy to the system, like pushing down on the mass. That would not change the equilibrium point. Sorry for being too hasty.:blushing:
     
  5. Nov 28, 2013 #4
    yes that is what I meant, thanks!
     
  6. Nov 28, 2013 #5

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    My post #3 crossed paths with your reply at about the same time. Please read!
     
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