# Homework Help: Vmax of Block (SHM)

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1. Jul 13, 2017

### Litdaze

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A block with mass m=200g is attached to a spring with a elastic constant of k=5.0 N/m.
The block is pushed at a distance x=5.00cm of its equilibrium position, in a surface with no friction.
Then its dropped of that position. Assume for t=0s that the block is at rest.
What is the maximum velocity of the block?
This is a multiple choice question, solutions being
a) 0.250 m/s
b) 1.25 m/s
c) 0.05 m/s
d) 5.0 m/s

2. Relevant equations
N/A

3. The attempt at a solution

I can't figure how to find Vmax

2. Jul 13, 2017

### lightgrav

ok, that is Time Period and/or angular frequency ... do you want to use Hooke's Law (PE into KE), or do you want to use oscillation formulas?

3. Jul 13, 2017

### Litdaze

Oscillations I guess, I really can't figure out how to find Vmax. I've tried the Vmax=Aw but somehow it resulted in 1, which isn't the answer.

Vmax = Aw = (0.2 kg)(5 rad/s) = 1.

I'm really confused

4. Jul 13, 2017

### lightgrav

in oscillations, capital A is the oscillation Amplitude (not the mass)
You need to keep track of your UNITS !

5. Jul 13, 2017

### Litdaze

Ok then so Vmax = Aw = (0.05)(5) = 0.250 m/s?

It makes sense now.

6. Jul 22, 2017

### Anshuman Shaw

I think you can simply use the work energy theorem here.