(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); A particle moves in a straight line so that its position, x cm, from a fixed point O, at time t seconds is given by [tex]x=3+12sin(2\pi t)+5cos(2 \pi t)[/tex].

Prove that the particle is undergoing simple harmonic motion, and find x when its speed is 26[tex]\pi[/tex] cm/s.

I was fine with the first part of the question...

[tex]

\begin{array}{l}

x = 3 + 12\sin (2\pi t) + 5\cos (2\pi t) \\

v = \dot x = 24\pi \cos (2\pi t) - 10\pi \sin (2\pi t) \\

a = \ddot x = - 48\pi ^2 \sin (2\pi t) - 20\pi ^2 \cos (2\pi t) = - 4\pi ^2 (x - 3) = 12\pi ^2 - 4\pi ^2 x \\

\end{array}

[/tex]

With the second part, i can easily set the velocity equal to 26[tex]\pi[/tex] and solve it on my calculator, but how can i solve it algebraically?

Thanks in advance,

Dan.

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# Homework Help: Simple Harmonic Motion of a particle

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