# Simple Harmonic Motion (Mass on a Spring)

[SOLVED] Simple Harmonic Motion (Mass on a Spring)

1. Homework Statement
A solid cylinder of mass M= 10.8 kg is attached to a horizontal massless spring so that it can roll without slipping along a horizontal surface, as shown in the Figure. The force constant of the spring is k= 346 N/m. The system is released from rest at a position in which the spring is stretched by a distance x= 17.0 cm. What is the translational kinetic energy of the cylinder when it passes through the equilibrium position? What about the rotational KE?

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2. Homework Equations
Translational Energy-.5mv^2
Rotational Energy- .5Iw^2
Angular Velocity (spring)- sqrt(k/m)

3. The Attempt at a Solution

Alright... I only have this problem left and it's frustrating me. For the first part, I used translational Energy for a spring (.5kx^2), but I am not taking the mass into account. All the example problems we were given have amplitudes and other useful things to use to compute velocity. So, I moved onto what I thought would be the easier one, rotational. For this, I tried using .5(r^2)(k) when I realized, much to my dismay, that I had no radius for the cylinder. Any alternative ways I am not thinking of? Thanks so much.

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You actually don't need radius of cylinder. At the begining you have just energy of spring
0.5kx^2 , that equals sum of rotational and translational energy in equilibrium position. The you should know that

$$\omega =v/r ~,~E_t=0.5mv^2~,~E_r=0.5I~\omega^2$$

Now since I for cylinder is 0.5mr^2 , r falls out. You have only equation for v then.

Thank you very much!

Re: [SOLVED] Simple Harmonic Motion (Mass on a Spring)

Can someone please explain to me where the formulas are coming from for translational energy, etc?