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Hookes Law Confusion?

  1. Feb 16, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I would like to know if Hooke's law applies to compression as well as tension? Meaning if the spring is stretched or compressed is the spring constant the same?

    2. Relevant equations

    F = -kx

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 16, 2010 #2
    Yes, it works both ways.
  4. Feb 21, 2010 #3

    thanks for that!
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