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Homework Help: Graphing ideal/real springs

  1. Apr 29, 2007 #1
    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
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  3. Apr 30, 2007 #2
    Likely so that the slope is k. F=-kx
  4. Apr 30, 2007 #3


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    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.
  5. Apr 30, 2007 #4


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