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Simple Harmonic Motion: Energy lost in impact.

A block with mass attached to a horizontal spring with force constant is moving with simple harmonic motion having amplitude. At the instant when the block passes through its equilibrium position, a lump of putty with mass m is dropped vertically onto the block from a very small height and sticks to it.

For this value of m, what fraction of the original mechanical energy is converted into heat? *Answer expressed in terms of M, A_1, and k)

Solution Summary

A lump of putty is dropped on a horizontal simple harmonic oscillator, the fraction of energy converted to heat is calculated.