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Vibrations and waves

  1. Aug 27, 2009 #1
    1) A 5 kg mass, m, rests on a frictionless, horizontal, wooden table top, and is attached to one end of a spring anchored at its other end . If the spring has a spring constant=13 N/cm and the mass is pulled back (in the positive direction ) 20 cm and released, to the nearest tenth of a joule, what is its total energy?
    2) if the mass is 15 kg and the spring constant is 20 N/cm, to the nearest tenth of a m/s, what is its speed at x= 5 cm?

    I have solved the 1st one :


    E = PE + KE
    E = 1/2kA^2 + 1/2mv^2 At KE v=0 because the mass stops momentarily as it changes directions. Then :

    E = PE
    E = 1/2kA^2
    E = 1/2(13*100)*(0.2)^2
    E = 26J

    I have problem with the second problem. please help to solve this. I have 2 hours that im tryin to solve it . I have only the answer that is 2.2m/s.

    Please help.......................

    :cry: Lol............
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  3. Aug 27, 2009 #2


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    The spring is still pulled back 20 cm in part (b). Can you find how much energy is stored in it at the moment of release when v = 0?
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