If determinant equals to zero means here we get natural frequency as a normal modes.
Examining the first normal mode. an oscillation occurs at an oscillation frequency ω1.Since the central spring does not deform, and the two masses oscillate, each on a single spring, thus giving a frequency ω1.
The second normal mode has a frequency ω2 thus the masses move in opposite directions, and the frequency of oscillation is increased.
If such a system was at rest, and an initial impulse was given to one of the masses, both modes would be excited.
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