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A 4.1 kg block starts at rest and slides a distance d down a frictionless 26.0 deg incline, where it runs into a spring. The block slides an additional 18.0 cm before it is brought to rest momentarily by compressing the spring, whose spring constant is 428 N/m .

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What is the value of d?..(answered)

What is the distance between the point of first contact and the point where the block's speed is greatest?.....(need help)

2. Relevant equations

U = mgh

U = .5k(x^2)

3. The attempt at a solution

I found the answer to the first question by using the above relevant equations:

U = mgh = .5k(x^2)

4.1 * 9.81 * h = .5 * 428 * (.18^2)

h = 0.172 m

then some trig..

sin(26)=.172/(.18 + d)

d = .213 m

As far as how to solve the second question I am completely lost. At the point of contact with the spring the acceleration should be zero correct. From there would I need to find the intial velocity? We know that V_f = 0, but how to use these "known" quantities in relationship to the block being slowed by the spring is confusing me. I think I'm making this problem more complicated than it realy is. TIA for your help.

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