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## Homework Statement

A pen contains a spring with a spring constant of 221 N/m. Whe the tip of the pen is in its retracted position, the spring is compressed 4.90 mm from its unstrained length. In order to push the tip out and lock it into its writing position, the spring must be compressed an additional 5.20 mm. How much work is done by the spring force to ready the pen for writing? Be sure to include the proper algebraic sign with your answer.

## Homework Equations

W elastic=.5kx^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have no idea what they mean by keep an algebraic answer and where does x final come into the equation along with the additional x value.