ENG102_SL5

ENG102_SL5 - DATE: DUE: ENG102, Solution to homework set...

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DATE: October 23, 2011 DUE: October 28, 2011 ENG102, Solution to homework set #5. x m 1 m 2 v 2 x=0 k Look at the figure above. We consider a harmonic oscillator consisting of a spring with spring constant k , connected to a wall at one end and a mass m 1 at the other. The mass can move along the x -axis as indicated. The coordinate of the mass is such that x = 0 when the spring is without tension. At time t = 0 the mass is at rest at x = 0 . At this time ( t = 0 ) another mass m 2 m 1 hits m 1 with velocity v 2 . The quantities listed here are considered known, as is the friction coefficient α mentioned below. Use the results from HW4. 1. We assume that there is a friction force between m 1 and the horizontal surface, such that the force on m 1 is f f = - α ˙ x , where 0 α < 2 r k ( m 1 + m 2 ) . We further assume that the collision between m 1 and m 2 is instantaneous and inelastic such that the two masses move as one after the collision. a. Write the equation of motion for the united object after the collision.
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