what is reduced mass ? how and in which conditions should it be used? please explain its concept deeply

Asked by advait2163 | 23rd May, 2011, 08:56: PM

Expert Answer:

Reduced mass is the "effective" inertial mass appearing in the two-body problem of Newtonian mechanics. This is a quantity with the unit of mass, which allows the two-body problem to be solved as if it were a one-body problem. Note however that the mass determining the gravitational force is not reduced. In the computation one mass can be replaced by the reduced mass, if this is compensated by replacing the other mass by the sum of both masses.
The conditions required to use reduced mass system formula for time period between two blocks attached to the ends of a spring is given in number 30.

Answered by  | 24th May, 2011, 12:56: AM

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