Graphing ideal/real springs

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Does anyone have any idea why applied force is plotted on the vertical axis of the graph even though it is an independant variable????
 
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Likely so that the slope is k. F=-kx
 
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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.
 
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Likely so that the slope is k. F=-kx
...and the area under the curve is the work done.
 

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