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Greatest acceleration of the mass

  1. Apr 13, 2009 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A 2.50 kg mass is pushed against a horizontal spring of force constant 25 N/cm on a frictionless air table. The spring is attached to the tabletop, and the mass is not attached to the spring in any way. When the spring has been compressed enough to store 11.5 J of potential energy in it, the mass is suddenly released from rest. Find..

    a) Greatest speed that the mass reaches (already solved)
    b) Greatest acceleration of the mass..help!

    2. Relevant equations
    k= 1/2mv^2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    For part a) I already solved it, and the answer is 3.03 m/s (set 11.5J=1/2mv^2 and solve for v)

    For part b, I know you have to use [tex]\sum[/tex]=ma, but I tried several methods and they all failed :(

    Help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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  3. Apr 14, 2009 #2


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    Don't get carried away.

    F = m*a so at what point is the force on the block the greatest?

    What is the equation that relates what that force is?
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