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Posted by Jon on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:42pm.

Calculate the ratio of the kinetic energy to the potential energy of a simple harmonic oscillator when its displacement is half its amplitude.

Wouldn't it just be K/U=1/1 or just 1
Because at half the amplitude, it's going to be a combination of K and U. At one extreme all the energy will be kinetic, and at the other extreme all energy will be potential. Therefore halfway between they must equal each other for a 1:1 ratio... right?

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