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Homework Help: Vibrations and Waves

  1. Jan 3, 2005 #1
    How far from equilibrium will a 45 g mass with amp. of .35 m for a spring (k = 21 N/m) undergoing simple harmonic motion have a speed that is half its maximum velocity?
    a. .3 m
    b. .45 m
    c. .7 m
    d. .92 m
    e. 3.5 m

    Choice B is wrong.


    v = v_max*sqrt[1 - (x^2/A^2 m)]

    Do I use k or m at all???
    (1/2)v_max = v_max*sqrt[1 - (x^2/A^2 m)]
    Left with:

    1/2 =sqrt[1 - (x^2/A^2 m)]

    After plugging everything in and solving for x I get .303m (A.). Am I wrong?
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2005
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  3. Jan 3, 2005 #2


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    Okay,let's take it this way.'A' is the only possible answer as it has the only figure less than the amplitude of oscillation.

    Another rigurous mathematical justification would be:
    [tex] x=A\sin\omega t[/tex](1)
    [tex]v=\omega A\cos\omega t[/tex](2)
    From (2) u get that for hamf of the maximum velocity the 'cos' must be 1/2,therefore the 'sin' would be [itex]\sqrt{3}/2 [/itex].
    Plug the sine into (1) and the "x" comes out to be [itex]0.175\sqrt{3}m [/itex]
    ,which can be (very roughly) approximated to 0.30m.

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