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Unformatted text preview: swinging (or the spring bouncing, or the ball rolling), we get something like this: This is an oscillation or a wave how do we describe it? Whether the mass is hanging vertically or sliding horizontally, the frequency of the oscillation is the same. MassSpring System The frequency is the number of complete cycles per second the system makes or how many hertz . f = 1 2 k m The amplitude , A , of the motion is the maximum displacement from equilibrium. The angular frequency of the motion is denoted by . The period is just one over the frequency . MassSpring System How much energy is contained within the system? Lets choose the location where there is only elastic potential energy: MassSpring System Total Energy = 1 2 kh 1 2 = 1 2 kA 2...
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course GSCI 121 taught by Professor Niculescu,m during the Summer '08 term at James Madison University.
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