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Problem: Figure 1 shows a harmonic oscillator at four different moments, labeled A, B, C, and D. Assume that the force constant k, the mass of the block, m, and the amplitude of vibrations, A, are given. We will also assume that there are no resistive forces so the total energy of the oscillator remains constant.Which moment corresponds to the maximum potential energy of the system? You can indicate the answer by the letter A, B, C, or D.

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The potential energy is maximum at maximum displacement from the equilibrium position. 

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Figure 1 shows a harmonic oscillator at four different moments, labeled A, B, C, and D. 


Assume that the force constant k, the mass of the block, m, and the amplitude of vibrations, A, are given. We will also assume that there are no resistive forces so the total energy of the oscillator remains constant.

Which moment corresponds to the maximum potential energy of the system? You can indicate the answer by the letter A, B, C, or D.

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