Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Spring constant

  1. Jul 14, 2006 #1

    i think i may have found an error in one of the answer in my physics textbook but i wanna confirm it with the physics experts here


    A trampolinist of 55kg bounces in the middle of a trampoline mat. She finds that she bounces 80 times in a min. What is the spring constant?

    Ans at the back: 3.9kN/m

    My ans: 3.5kN/m
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2006
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 14, 2006 #2

    Doc Al

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    I assume you are to model this as simple harmonic motion of the trampolinist, in which case the book answer seems correct. Show how you arrived at your answer.
  4. Jul 14, 2006 #3
    i work out the period by taking 80 divide by 60s which gives 1.33Hz
    T = 1/f therefore T = 0.75s

    using T = 2pi (square root m/k)
    0.75 = 2pi (square root 50kg/k)
    0.5625 = 39.488656 x 50/k
    k = 3510 N/m
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2006
  5. Jul 14, 2006 #4


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    3.9 kN/m2? A spring constant is in "force per distance", kN/m, not m^2.
  6. Jul 14, 2006 #5

    Doc Al

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    So far, so good. Now check your arithmetic.

    (Yeah, those units are wacked. Good catch by Halls.)
  7. Jul 14, 2006 #6
    edited...thanks for telling :smile:
  8. Jul 14, 2006 #7
    D'OH!!! ur rite...i mixed up that qn with the one above it ...this one has 55kg not 50kg...

    i wonder if there is a smiley for "bashing my own head with textbook"....
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook