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Is a spring force seprable?

  1. Nov 5, 2011 #1
    If you've got a spring, one end pinned up the y axis, and a particle constrained to move along the x axis, but attatched to the other end of the spring, does it have any idea how far up the y axis the spring is fixed?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 6, 2011 #2
    yes, you can tell from the magnitude of the force in the x direction, assuming you know the spring stiffness.
     
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