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You place the spring vertically with one end on the floor. You then drop a 1.70 kg book onto it from a height of 0.70 m above the top of the spring. Find the maximum distance the spring will be compressed.

So

k_1 + U_1 + W_{other} = k_2 + U_2

I have that

k_1=0, U_1= mgy_1, W_o=0, k_2=0, U_2=1/2kx^2

So the issue is that I have to the potential energy to the start of the spring plus the distance the spring compresses.

To solve this I need to adjust the equations to look like

mg(y+x)=1/2kx^2

This works out to a homogenous quadradic that looks like

1/2kx^2-mgx-mgy=0

Plugining in values and solving gets me

0.142 meters.

TIA

T

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