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1. ### Work done by spring force and by gravity?

Appreciate it!
2. ### Work done by spring force and by gravity?

I apologize for the confusion. In my original post, I meant gently lowering the mass to its equilibrium point using our hand. I used the term "slowly." That idea probably could be interpreted as physically ambiguous. Should have been more clear about that. Yes, we are on the same page now...
3. ### Work done by spring force and by gravity?

In the scenario where the weight is abruptly let go of when it's attached to the spring, I understand what is happening, but in the case where we gently lower the mass, I cannot reconcile the observation mathematically. Our hand is working against the motion of the weight, therefore we are doing...
4. ### Work done by spring force and by gravity?

My bad. That's what I meant. Edited. My confusion still stands.
5. ### Work done by spring force and by gravity?

I'm reviewing a concept on a system where a mass is hanging from a vertical spring in the presence of gravity. I'm attempting to validate my understanding of conservation of energy when the mass is allowed to slowly extend from its unstretched point to its equilibrium point where the forces...