# Simple Harmonic Motion: Position, velocity, and energy

A block of mass m is attached to a spring whose spring constant is k. The other end of the spring is fixed so that when the spring is unstretched, the mass is located at x=0. Assume that the +x direction is to the right.

The mass is now pulled to the right a distance A beyond the equilibrium position and released, at time t=0, with zero initial velocity.

Assume that the vertical forces acting on the block balance each other and that the tension of the spring is, in effect, the only force affecting the motion of the block. Therefore, the system will undergo simple harmonic motion. For such a system, the equation of motion is a(t)= -k/m x(t),

and its solution, which provides the equation for x(t), is

x(t)= Acos(sqrt k/m t)

a). Find the velocity v of the block as a function of time.

Express your answer in terms of some or all of the variables: k, m, A, and t.

b). Find the kinetic energy K of the block as a function of time.

Express your answer in terms of some or all of the variables: k, m, A, and t.

c). Find K_max, the maximum kinetic energy of the block.

Express your answer in terms of some or all of the variables: k, m, and A.

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#### Solution Summary

The equations for instantaneous position, velocity and energies are derived.

Simple Harmonic Motion & Elasticity, Reference Circle and Energy

**Please consider significant figures and draw visual graphics**

Conceptual Questions:

In the figure below, the shadow moves in simple harmonic motion. Where on the shadow's path is (a) the velocity (v) equal to zero and (b) the acceleration (a) equal to zero?

**Please note that the velocity (v) and acceleration (a) have the same illustration, in this case I just draw the illustration for velocity (not the acceleration. I suggest that after solving for the velocity, replace the velocity with the acceleration **

Additional information for velocity and acceleration

The velocity vx of the ball's shadow is the x component of the tangential velocity VT of the ball on the reference circle.

--and--

The acceleration ax of the ball's shadow is the x component of the centripetal acceleration ac of the ball on the reference circle.

A block is attached to a horizontal spring and slides back and forth in simple harmonic motion on a frictionless horizontal surface. A second identical block is suddenly attached to the first block. The attachment is accomplished by joining the blocks at one extreme end of the oscillation cycle. The velocities of the blocks are exactly matched at the instant of the joining. Explain how (a) the amplitude, (b) the frequency, and (c) the maximum speed of the oscillation change.

A particle is oscillating in simple harmonic motion. The time required for the particle to travel through one cycle is equal to the period of the motion, no matter what the amplitude is. But how can this be, since larger amplitude mean that the particle travels further? Explain.

Is more elastic potential energy stored in a spring when the spring is compressed by one centimeter than when it is stretched by the same amount? Explain.

Problems

The Ideal Spring and Simple Harmonic Motion

A hand exerciser utilizes a coiled spring. A force of 89.0 N is required to compress the spring by 0.0191 m. Determine the force needed to compress the spring by 0.0508 m.

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Simple Harmonic Motion and the Reference Circle

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Energy and Simple Harmonic Motion

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A rifle fires a 2.10 x 10-2 kg pellet straight upward, because the pellet rests on a compressed spring that is released when trigger is pulled. The spring has a negligible mass and is compressed by 9.10 x 10-2 m from its unstrained length. The pellet rises to a maximum height of 6.10 m above its position on the compressed spring. Ignoring air resistance, determine the spring constant.

A vertical spring with a spring constant of 450 N/m is mounted on the floor. From directly above the spring, which is unstrained, a 0.30 kg block is dropped from rest. It collides with and sticks to the spring, which is compressed by 2.5 cm in bringing the block to a momentary halt. Assuming air resistance is negligible; from what height (in cm) above the compressed spring was the block dropped?

A 3.2 kg block is hanging stationary from the end of a vertical spring that is attached to the ceiling. The elastic potential energy of the spring/mass system is 1.8 J. What is the elastic potential energy of the system when the 3.2 kg block is replaced by a 5.0 kg block?

A 1.00 x 10-2 kg block is resting on a horizontal frictionless surface and is attached to a horizontal spring whose spring constant is 124 N/m. The blocked is shoved parallel to the spring axis and is given an initial speed of 8.00 m/s. while the spring is initially unstrained. What is the amplitude of the resulting simple harmonic motion?

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