(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A 142 g ball is dropped from a height of 62.2 cm above a spring of negligible mass. The ball compresses the spring to a maximum displacement of 4.35501 cm. acceleration due to gravity is 9.8. Calculate the the spring force constant K.

2. Relevant equations

Hooke's law: F=-kx and the potential energy of the spring is given by mg(h+x) because total displacement involves the compression distance x as well as the height of the ball

3. The attempt at a solution

So I got mg(h+x)=-kx,

-mg(h+x)/x=k

(-.142*9.8*(.622+.435501))/.435501=k but I keep getting the wrong answer. What am I doing wrong am I supposed to use PE=1/2kx^2 instead?

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# Homework Help: Calculating the spring constant involving energy

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