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## Homework Statement

I have a question asking me to find the launch speed of a ball (mass 0.39kg) when released by a spring mechanism made of 2 springs each with force constant 25Nm^-2. they are pulled back 12 cm. the ball is initially at rest.

## Homework Equations

[/B]v^2=u^2+2as

f=ma

f=kx

E=1/2kx^2

E=1/2mv^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

I used f=kx=ma to find the acceleration and then v^2=u^2+2as to find v however I got a different answer (1.92) as the mark scheme which used conservation of energy, elastic potential energy (1/2kx^2)=kinetic energy (1/2mv^2). The answer they got was 1.4Shouldn't I have got the same answer and if not what am I doing wrong and why is it wrong to use SUVAT in this situation?