-How does the total force constant of two springs hung linearly compare with the individual force constants of springs.
-Predict the equation that relates the total force constant, ktotal, to the individual force constants, k1 and k2, of two springs joined together linearly.
*It's asking this question when a mass is attached to the bottom of one spring and the springs are attached to each other.
Fx=kx (Hooke's Law)
The Attempt at a Solution
The force constant for two springs hung linearly should be slightly less than the sum of the force constant of the individual springs when they were experimented on without another spring attached. This is because a weight such as 500 g will cause two springs attached together to stretch less than it will cause an individual spring to stretch. The x value for two springs when two springs are attached together will be more than the x value if one individual spring is stretched with a 500 g weight. This is because the force constant for two springs attached together will require more compression or stretch than if an individual spring were to be stretched.