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Springs: Simple Harmonic Motion

  1. Dec 16, 2009 #1
    A compact car has a mass of 1050 kg. Assume that the car has one spring on each wheel, that the springs are identical, and that the mass is equally distributed over the four springs.

    (a) What is the spring constant of each spring if the empty car bounces up and down 2.0 times each second?
    (in N/m)

    (b) What will be the car's oscillation frequency while carrying four 110 kg passengers?
    (in Hz)

    I know all the equations for this problem, most centrally Hooke's laws; however, I am having difficulty piecing them all together. Help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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  3. Dec 16, 2009 #2


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    List the equations you know. Which have quantities that are given in the questions?
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