Frequency:

$\overline{){\mathbf{f}}{\mathbf{=}}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{T}}}$

The time period of the mass of a spring system is expressed as:

$\overline{){\mathbf{T}}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{2}}{\mathbf{\pi}}\sqrt{\frac{\mathbf{m}}{\mathbf{k}}}}$

**Part A**

T_{A} = 4 s

f_{A} = 1/4 = 0.25 Hz

The frequency of system A is 0.25 Hz.

The two graphs in (Figure 1) are for two different vertical mass/spring systems.

Part A

What is the frequency of system A?

Express your answer using two significant figures.

Part B

What is the first time at which the mass of system A has maximum speed while traveling in the upward direction?

Express your answer using two significant figures.

Part C

What is the period of system B?

Express your answer using two significant figures.

Part D

What is the first time at which the mechanical energy of system B is all potential?

Express your answer using two significant figures.

Part E

If both systems have the same mass, what is the ratio kA/kB of their spring constants?

Express your answer using two significant figures.

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