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Compression of a spring

  1. Nov 14, 2005 #1
    A vertical spring with k = 495 N/m is standing on the ground. You are holding a 5.8 kg block just above the spring, not quite touching it.

    How far does the spring compress if you let go of the block suddenly?

    i thought i could just use k = F/distance

    so 495(D) = (5.8)(9.8)

    D = .1148 but this is not correct. i take it i am doing something wrong with my acceleration but i'm not sure what. can anyone help me with this?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 14, 2005 #2
    nevermind i figured it out.
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