SAT Subject Physics Practice Question 232: Answer and Explanation
A block of mass m undergoing simple harmonic motion. Frictional forces are negligible and can be ignored.
Which quantity would always be greater if the block oscillated with a smaller force constant?
D. Position of block
E. Total mechanical energy of the block
Correct Answer: C
According to the equation for the period of a spring–block simple harmonic oscillator, T = 2π, we see that the period is inversely proportional to the square root of k, the force constant of the spring. So, if k is smaller, T will be greater.