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    Simple Harmonic Motion

    Hi, there is a question in my text that has stumped me. I have looked throught the book and there is nothing simliar in the examples. Q, The period of a particle moving in SHM has a period of 6 seconds and an amplitude of 8 cm. Calculate the velocity and acceleration when the displacement when the particle is 5 cm from the centre of motion.

    How do I use p=6 s and a=8 cm to derive an equation for the displacement? Will it be cos or sin? Can it be either? How would you know?

    I'm thinking I need to find the equation for the displacement making x=5 and solve for t. Then I could differentiate x to get v and a, substituting in my value for t. But how do I start?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slaypullingcat View Post
    Hi, there is a question in my text that has stumped me. I have looked throught the book and there is nothing simliar in the examples. Q, The period of a particle moving in SHM has a period of 6 seconds and an amplitude of 8 cm. Calculate the velocity and acceleration when the displacement when the particle is 5 cm from the centre of motion.

    How do I use p=6 s and a=8 cm to derive an equation for the displacement? Will it be cos or sin? Can it be either? How would you know?

    I'm thinking I need to find the equation for the displacement making x=5 and solve for t. Then I could differentiate x to get v and a, substituting in my value for t. But how do I start?

    Thanks!
    The general model is x = A \cos (2 \pi f t + \phi): Simple harmonic motion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Using your data, x = 8 \cos \left(\frac{\pi}{3} t + \phi \right). There is insufficient information to calculate a value for \phi.
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    \omega = \frac{2\pi}{T} = \frac{\pi}{3} rad/s

    a = -\omega^2 x

    when x = \pm 5 cm,

    a = \mp \frac{5\pi^2}{9} cm/s^2



    \frac{dv}{dt} = -\omega^2 x

    \frac{dv}{dt} \cdot \frac{dt}{dx} = -\omega^2 x \cdot \frac{1}{v}

    v \, dv = -\omega^2 x \, dx

    v^2 = -\omega^2 x^2 + C

    at x = \pm 8 cm, v = 0 ...

    C = 64\omega^2

    v = \pm \omega \sqrt{64 - x^2}

    at x = \pm 5 cm ...

    v = \pm \frac{\pi}{3} \sqrt{39} cm/s



    or, using Mr. F's suggestion and ignoring \phi since it doesn't matter ...

    x = 8\cos\left(\frac{\pi}{3} t\right)

    at x = 5 ... t = \frac{3}{\pi} \arccos\left(\frac{5}{8}\right)

    use t to evaluate v and a ...

    v = -8\left(\frac{\pi}{3}\right)\sin\left(\frac{\pi}{3} t\right)

    a = -8\left(\frac{\pi}{3}\right)^2\cos\left(\frac{\pi}{  3} t\right)

    remember that a will have a sign opposite to x, and v can be positive or negative depending on which way the object is traveling in the cycle.
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    Thanks for that, but I'm not sure about one thing. How do I solve
    at ... for t? What does the 'arccos' mean? I haven't seen that before. There are some missing pieces in my background knowledge. Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by slaypullingcat View Post
    Thanks for that, but I'm not sure about one thing. How do I solve
    at ... for t? What does the 'arccos' mean? I haven't seen that before. There are some missing pieces in my background knowledge. Cheers
    Use a calculator.

    arcos is equivalent to inverse cos is equivalent to \cos^{-1}. Read Trigonometry: Inverse Cosine and Inverse Sine - CliffsNotes
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