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I then decided to use hooke's law for the force of the spring as that would be the force exerted on the piston. My next step, as I was never really taught fluid dynamics, was if I was to use Pascal's principle to calculate the force at the nozzle (black piece right before the BB).

F(1)=-kx

therefore (using pascal principle)

F(1)=F(2) * (A1/A2)

-kx=F(2)*(A1/A2)

F(2)=(-kx)/(A2/A1)

I looked up the principle and most of the time it says it works if its static and confined. My question is if the equation can be used in this circumstance or if there is another way to find the force exerted on the BB? I also came across this website:

http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/pneumatic-cylinder-force-d_1273.html

Are these equations viable or would they not suit this type of piston/cylinder? Thanks in advance!