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A molecule of DNA is 2.17 micrometers long. The ends of the molecule becom singly ionized: negative on one end, positive on the other. The helical molecule acts like a spring and compresses 1.00% upon becoming charged. Determine the effective spring constant of the molecule.

2. Relevant equations

I need a spring constant equation... Is this what I use?

F=kx

3. The attempt at a solution

The distance is going to be .01(2.17), but I'm not sure where to go from there. Could you please point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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# Homework Help: Determine the effective spring constant of the molecule

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