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1. Part of a building structure is oscillating with approximately simple harmonic motion with a period of 10 s and amplitude 1 m.
a) calculate the maximum speed of the oscillation.
b) calculate the maximum acceleration of the oscillation.
Can you explain how to work these out please as I have no clue, the equations are confusing me.
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4. The relevant equations appear in the formula book as

vmax=2πfA
amax=(2πf)2 A

A (capital) is the amplitude
f is the frequency of oscillation... which is 1/T (T is the period in seconds)
5. (Original post by amy1999)
Part of a building structure is oscillating with approximately simple harmonic motion with a period of 10 s and amplitude 1 m.
a) calculate the maximum speed of the oscillation.
b) calculate the maximum acceleration of the oscillation.
Can you explain how to work these out please as I have no clue, the equations are confusing me.
In simple harmonic motion, the acceleration is always directly proportional to displacement and has the following defining equation:

----eqn(1)

where is the acceleration,
is the displacement and
is the angular frequency , given by .

From eqn(1), the maximum value of acceleration occurs at when the displacement is maximum - maximum displacement implies amplitude, A.

So the maximum acceleration is

----given by Joinedup

The displacement of simple harmonic motion can be described by a sinusoidal function

----eqn(2)

If equation (2) is differentiated with respect to time t, we obtain the "velocity"

----eqn(3)

The maximum speed would occur when , so we have

----given by Joinedup

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