Lesson: Oscillating SpringsPhysics
In this lesson, we will learn how to calculate the instantaneous position, velocity, acceleration, and energy of simple harmonic spring oscillators.
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A mass is attached to a spring and hung vertically. The mass is raised a short distance in the vertical direction and released. The mass oscillates with a frequency . If the mass is replaced with a mass nine times as large and the experiment was repeated, what would the frequency of the oscillations in terms of be?
Near the top of the Citigroup Center building in New York City, there is an object with a mass of kg on springs that have adjustable force constants. Its function is to dampen wind-driven oscillations of the building by oscillating at the same frequency as the building is being driven—the driving force is transferred to the object, which oscillates instead of the entire building.
What effective force constant should the springs have to make the object oscillate with a period of 2.00 s?
What energy is stored in the springs for a displacement of 2.00 m from equilibrium?
A type of clock keeps time by the oscillation of a small object bouncing on a spring. What force constant of a spring is needed to produce a period of 0.370 s for an object of mass 0.0210 kg?