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Are my springs in series or parallel?

  1. Jun 2, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If an object is held by two springs, one on either side, then is it in series or parallel?


    2. Relevant equations
    I know that the equivalent spring stiffness is given by f/x=k, and that the force must be the same if the spring constant of each individual spring is the same


    3. The attempt at a solution
    Naturally, the displacement is negative for one spring and positive for the other. What I am wondering is if it is in series or parallel
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 3, 2012 #2
    parallel.
     
  4. Jun 3, 2012 #3

    phinds

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    It depends to what you mean by "either side". I can see configurations that are serial and ones that are parallel.
     
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