# Elastic Potential Energy

1. Feb 4, 2009

### wallace13

A 2.40 kg object is hanging from the end of a vertical spring. The spring constant is 40.0 N/m. The object is pulled 0.200 m downward and released from rest. Complete the table below by calculating the translational kinetic energy, the gravitational potential energy, the elastic potential energy, and the total mechanical energy E for each of the vertical positions indicated. The vertical positions h indicate distances above the point of release, where h = 0

I have already found kinetic and gravitational potential energy. I need to find elastic potential energy at h=0, .2, and .4m

Elastic Potential Energy= .5kx squared

.5(40)(.2)squared= .8 J

.8 J is the incorrect answer, but i know .5kx squared is the right equation... what am I doing wrong?!?!

At this height (.2 above the release point) I found the correct kinetic energy to be .81 J and the correct gPE to be 4.7088 J

Last edited: Feb 4, 2009
2. Feb 4, 2009

### Delphi51

I'm confused over the point of release and the equilibrium point.
Looks to me like the point of release is h = 0, x = -0.2.
So at h = 0.2, x = 0 and the Elastic PE = 0.