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Homework Help: Simple Harmonic Motion Problems

  1. Feb 29, 2004 #1
    Problem 3.
    A 127 N object vibrates with a period of 3.45 s when hanging from a spring.
    The acceleration of gravity is 9.81 m/s^2.
    What is the spring constant of the spring?
    Answer in N/m.
    Note: How would one solve this type of problem?

    Problem 8.
    A spring with a spring constant of 28.9 N/m is attached to different masses, and the system is set into motion.
    What is its frequendy? In Hz.
    Note: WHat formula do I use?

    Problem 13.
    A paino emits frequencies that range from a low of about 28 Hz to a high of about 4200 Hz.
    Find the maximum wavelength in air attained by this instrument when the speed of sound in air is 344m/s. In m.
    Note: WHat formula do I use?

    Problem 21.
    Microwaves travel at the speed of light, 3*10^8m/s.
    When the frequency of microwaves is 7.35*10^9 Hz, what is their wavelength? In m.
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  3. Mar 1, 2004 #2


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    Perhaps by knowing that an object of mass m hanging from a spring with spring constant k vibrates with a period given by [tex]2\pi\sqrt{\frac{m}{k}}[/tex].
    One problem with not showing any attempt to do a problem at all is that we don't know what you do know in order to help you.

    Same as the previous problem.

    If you honest don't know and cannot look up the relationship between "frequency" and "wavelength" then you should not be taking this course!

    Once again: what is the relationship between frequency and wavelength of any wave?
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