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Homework Help: Compressed spring with frictional forces problem

  1. Oct 26, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A book (mass 2.50 kg) is forced against horizontal spring (negligible mass) with force constant 250 N/m, the spring is compressed 0.250m. When it's released the textbook slides horizontally across a surface with kinetic friction coeff = 0.30. How far does the book move from its original position before stopping?

    2. Relevant equations

    W = 1/2kX^2.... F(s) = kx. U(s) = 1/2kx^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know I need to use the work energy theorem here.
    I was trying to use E2 + W(non-cons) = E1 since there is a nonconservative force in this problem. But isnt the initial and final kinetic energy both zero? I tried using Newton's 2nd law as well.... F(net,x) = F(s) - f(k). But at the time when its released, it is not static equillibrium and I can't solve that equation. Unless... does f(k) = (mu)k*n (normal force?) where n = mg.
    If anyone can help me set a foot in the correct direction I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2009
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  3. Oct 26, 2009 #2


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    Right good, this is correct. If frictional force FR= μN = μmg, and the initial energy is 1/2kx2, what is this converted into during the motion in general?
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