Problem 16.2: A ball attached to a spring: position vs. time graph

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A ball on an air track is attached to a compressed spring as shown in the animation (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds). Restart.

  1. Determine which graph properly shows the position of the ball as a function of time.
  2. Determine the frequency and period of the motion.
  3. Write down the equation for x(t).
  4. If the mass of the ball is 2 kg, what is the spring constant?

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