1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A vertical spring (ignore its mass), whose spring constant is 875 N/m is attached to a table and is compressed down by .160 m. (a) What upward speed can it give to a .380 kg ball when released? 2. Relevant equations Conservation of Energy using 1/2 k x^2 for Uspring. 3. The attempt at a solution I get 7.68 m/s for the velocity and the book gets 7.47 m/s. Wanted to see who was right and if I'm doing something wrong.
"Upward" also means against gravity. You should also figure as an adjustment the m*g*h over the displacement of the acceleration.
So you're saying you got the book's answer? I used the conservation of energy subbing values for spring and taking into account y=0 when crossing the original spring length. I'm quite sure I have the right answer and the book's is wrong but I just want to verify.
You are wrong, your book is right, Pion is right: (except I would not use both "h" and "x", there is only one vertical distance in the problem)