Graphing ideal/real springs

1. Apr 29, 2007

Kevin_14

Does anyone have any idea why applied force is plotted on the vertical axis of the graph even though it is an independant variable????

Last edited: Apr 29, 2007
2. Apr 30, 2007

denverdoc

Likely so that the slope is k. F=-kx

3. Apr 30, 2007

FredGarvin

In 99% of the springs you'll see, the applied force (which is equivalent to the force supplied by the spring) is a function of spring deflection. It is not an independent variable. It is totally dependent on deflection.

4. Apr 30, 2007

robphy

...and the area under the curve is the work done.