A system of two springs in series and parallel.

Prove that when two springs are attached one at the end of the other, the coefficient of the final spring becomes
1 / (1/k1 + 1/k2 ) where k1 and k2 are the coefficient of the two individual springs.

Then consider two systems of springs, one in which a mass m is attached two the end of two springs which are placed one at the end of the other, another in which m is attached to the two springs in parallel (each spring has coefficient respectively k1 and k2)
Find the frequency of oscillations of mass m in the two cases

Solution Summary

The solution describes how to calculate the effective spring constant of two springs connected in either parallel or in series.