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A block with mass M = 5.5 kg rests on a frictionless table and is attached by a horizontal spring (k = 1.5E2 N/m) to a wall. A second block, of mass m = 1.32 kg, rests on top of M. The coefficient of static friction between the two blocks is 0.36. What is the maximum possible amplitude of oscillation such that m will not slip off M?

2. Relevant equations

F_spring=kx

F=ma

F_friction=(coeff friction)(normal force)=u*F_n

3. The attempt at a solution

So for the block to slide the force of friction must be equal too/less than the force imparted from the spring accelerating the blocks.

F_a=F_spring

Ma=u*m*g

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The F_accel must equal the spring force at the peak (accel will be highest then)

F_a=F_spring=kx, where we can find the value of F_a, but we don't know the values of k or x.

I tried applying some engery type eqns like E=0.5kA^2 or E=KE+PE but we don't know any amplitudes, velocities, etc.

Help,

Brandon

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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