1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data http://s3.amazonaws.com/answer-board-image/ad36bcba0e2d0b49d556f054de19d124.jpg Variable y(t) is the position of the block of mass m, and u(t) is the position of the plate on the right. The spring is unstretched when y = u. We can think of u(t) as the input and y(t) as the output. Derive the equation of motion for the block. You should get a second order differential equation relating the output y(t) and the input u(t). 2. Relevant equations u(t) = sin3t Fd = cy' Fk = ky F=ma 3. The attempt at a solution The thing that confuses me about this problem is that the spring/damper combo is not fixed to something, but attached to a plate which has a sine input. I know the two forces acting on the mass are the spring and damper, but the sine force acts through those two components so I'm not sure how to represent this in a free body diagram to obtain the necessary equations. My first thought was this: my'' = cy'(t)*u(t) + ky(t)*u(t) y'' = u(t)/m*[cy'(t) + ky(t)] However, I'm not sure if multiplying the input to both the force of the damper and spring is correct. Could someone help me?