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i came across this physics problem in a uni textbook however i am stuck,

Q: A 70.0kg circus performer is fired from a cannon that is elevated at an angle of 40.0' (degrees) above the horizontal. The cannon uses strong elastic bands to propel the performer, much in the same way that a slingshot fires a stone. Setting up fro this stunt involves stretching the bands by 3.00m from the unstrained length. At the point where the performer flies free of the bands, his height above the foor is the same as that of the net into which he is shot. He takes 2.14s to travel the horizontal distance of 26.8m between this point and the net. Ignore friction and air resistance and determine the effective spring constant of the firing mechanism.

I understand that the horizontal speed is equal to (26.8/2.14) = 12.52m/s and that their is stored energy into the bands?

I am stuck here, please help me out!, also does this problem involve SHM?

thanks

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