Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321993721
ISBN 13: 978-0-32199-372-4

Chapter 13 - For Thought and Discussion - Page 238: 8


Simple harmonic motion depends on mass, not weight.

Work Step by Step

We know that the equation for simple harmonic motion depends on the mass, not the weight, of an object. Since the pull of gravity will change depending on where the space craft is, finding an object's mass would be difficult. Since simple harmonic motion depends on mass, it is a more effective way to compute mass.
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