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Homework Help: Basic Spring Problem

  1. Dec 30, 2009 #1
    Tell me if this question makes any sense.

    One block moving with velocity v_0 hits a system of two blocks at rest connected by an undeformed spring with spring constant k. Find the minimum distance between the blocks attached to the spring. All masses are of equal mass.

    I'm not quite sure what to do with this. I don't see what's limiting the distance between the blocks.
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  3. Dec 30, 2009 #2


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    Hi fireemblem13! Welcome to PF! :wink:

    Block A is moving. There is a spring between blocks B and C. The spring will stop B from hitting C. :smile:
  4. Dec 30, 2009 #3
    So, it's asking the minimum distance B and C can be so that B does not hit C when A hits B?
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