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Stuck on finding the mechanical energy of a mass-spring system, my question is as follows > A mass-spring system oscillates with an amplitude of .026 m. The spring constant is 290 N/m and the mass is 0.50 kg, it asks for the mechanical energy in (J). and the maximum acceleration of the mass-spring system which is 15.08 m/s (verified, webassign rules).

Mechanical energy is confusing to me, I am pretty determined it might be potential(PE)enery + kinetic energy(KE), but ofcourse the formula for KE involves velocity. I only have the acceleration so I feel I have gone astray along the way.

Basically I am having trouble finding where to start and then I'm wondering how to get the answer in Joules.

Thanks.

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# Homework Help: Mechanical energy of a mass-spring system

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