Associated potential energy

1. Sep 30, 2016

ChloeYip

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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2. Relevant equations
F=-dU/dx

3. The attempt at a solution
I have no idea in this question...
The slope is always the same for the graph...
Also, i have no idea how to link the graph to the equation...

Thanks.

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2. Sep 30, 2016

haruspex

Equations have context, and are meaningless without it. In that equation, what, precisely, do all the variables represent?
Here's another equation: $W=\int_{\vec a}^{\vec b}\vec F.\vec {dx}$, where W is the work done by a force $\vec F$, a function of $\vec x$, that moves from $\vec x=\vec a$ to $\vec x=\vec b$.
See if you can apply that as x moves a little to the right and left of point a.