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Calc based physics spring problem

  1. Sep 26, 2008 #1
    1. A force of 10 N holds an ideal spring with a spring constant of 20 N/m in compression. The potential energy stored in the spring is what?

    2. F=kx

    3. I really am stumped. If I had the length of the spring then it'd be easy peasy (well... it still probably is. What am I missing?)
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  3. Sep 26, 2008 #2


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    Hint- What does the [tex]x[/tex] in [tex]F=kx[/tex] represent?

    What is the equation for the potential energy of a spring?
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