(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Two masses, m1 and m2, are connected to each other by a spring with a spring constant k. The system moves freely on a horizontal frictionless plane. Find the natural frequency of oscillation.

2. Relevant equations

F = -kx

F = ma

3. The attempt at a solution

Let m1 be the mass on the left, and let m2 be the mass on the right.

Let positive be in the direction of m2.

Let x1 be the displacement of m1 onto the spring, and x2 the displacement of m2 onto the spring.

[tex]-m_{1}\ddot{x_{1}}=k{x_{1}}[/tex]

[tex]m_{2}\ddot{x_{2}}=-k{x_{2}}[/tex]

[tex]m_{2}\ddot{x_{2}}-m_{1}\ddot{x_{1}}=-k(x_{2}-x_{1})[/tex]

[tex]m_{2}\ddot{x_{2}}-m_{1}\ddot{x_{1}}=-k(\Delta{x})[/tex]

I tried manipulating this into an ODE, but got nowhere.

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# Homework Help: Two springs connected by a spring

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