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Hooke's law  Natural Extension of Spring 
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Apr1814, 03:02 PM

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Can I find out the natural extension of a spring if I am only given the mass of a block that can be put on it and the value of the spring constant? I have found x ( from the formula F = kx ) when the block is on it but I now need to find the extension of the spring with no mass on the end. It is probably really simple but I am just a little stuck! Thanks



#2
Apr1814, 03:19 PM

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With no mass attached, what is F? Plug that value in and solve for x. Or am I missing something?



#3
Apr1814, 03:35 PM

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well I thought with no mass the force is zero but then is the k equal to x? See, i was getting a big answer then for x and it didnt seem like the right answer. I am definitely missing something very obvious here



#4
Apr1814, 03:45 PM

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Hooke's law  Natural Extension of Spring
How heavy is the spring itself? Is the spring vertical or horizontal?



#5
Apr1814, 03:48 PM

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The spring is vertical and the question does not give the mass of the spring.



#6
Apr1814, 03:56 PM

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#7
Apr1814, 04:15 PM

P: 11

Ok great, thanks a mill :)



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