Two blocks of masses M and 3M are placed on a horizontal, frictionless surface. A light spring is attached to one of them, and the blocks are pushed together with the spring between them. A cord initially holding the blocks together is burned; after this, the block of mass 3M moves to the right with a speed of 1.50 m/s.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

(a) What is the speed of the block of mass M?

(b) Find the original elastic potential energy in the spring if M = 0.350 kg.

I already have the answer to a, which is obviously 4.5m/s. But, I am clueless as to part b. Please help!

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# Homework Help: Elastic potential energy of two blocks of mass

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