Simple harmonic motion

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Hi, i need some help for a physics question: when is acceleration at maximum and when is acceleration at minimum in a simple harmonic motion. i know when the speed is at maximum: at the equilibrium position; however, i do not know about the acceleration. Please note that direction does not matter
 

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Hint: Consider Newton's 2nd law.
 
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You know where the speed is maximized.

The difference in phase between a sinusoidal function and it's derivative is the difference between the maximized speed and the maximized acceleration.
 

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