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Homework Help: Just wondering, how do you combine series?

  1. Feb 22, 2006 #1
    just wondering, how do you combine series? I believe that springs and circuits are done the same way.
    If I am combining 2 spring constants for the combined constant, isnt it just
    1/k(constant) = 1/k1 + 1/k2 and just solve for k?
     
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  3. Feb 22, 2006 #2
    wouldn't that just end up being k(constant)=k1+k2?
    and hey! I think I'm in your class: Kenneth Gentle, PHY 301, University of Texas?
     
  4. Feb 22, 2006 #3
    just kidding! --> it doesn't end up being k=k1+k2
    (DUH)
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2006
  5. Feb 22, 2006 #4
    If all of the springs are on a line, the constants is

    [tex]\frac{1}{k_1}+\frac{1}{2}+...+\frac{1}{k_n}[/tex]

    And if all of the springs are parallel each other, the constant is

    [tex]k=k_1+k_2+...+k_n[/tex]
     
  6. Feb 23, 2006 #5
    nope, I got fitzpatrik phy 317k at UT ;)
     
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