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Q.11 - Excercises And Problems

Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics
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An object in simple harmonic motion has amplitude and frequency , and at it passes through the equilibrium point moving to the right. Write the function that describes the object’s position.

function that describes the object's position is

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Given information



Step 2: Explanation

The wave equation is in the form

The angular frequency is in the form

The initial condition is at , the object passes through the equilibrium to the right.

In order the cosine term to be zero it should satisfy the following condition:

The object is moving right in positive direction, so its velocity is positive at . The velocity function is the derivative of the position function:

Then, should be negative, therefore should be negative

The equation now takes the form of substituting the values of angular frequency

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