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Reasons for miscalculation of spring work and change in ke

  1. Apr 7, 2012 #1
    can anyone help me in figuring out why i got different answers in my calculated value to my experiment value (or maybe its normal) when i calculated the aproximate distance a projectile would shoot up when i compressed a spring thru a distance. i calculated the spring constant and found the final velocity of the projectile once in projectile motion(which would make it its initial as a projectile).i checked the distance it traveled vertcally.compred it to my calculated one and they were very different. can anyone help explain why?friction, weight of the spring were not considered.thank
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  3. Apr 8, 2012 #2
    also how does cutting the spring change the stiffness or av. forfce exerted. ?will it go higher or the same?any help is good
  4. Apr 8, 2012 #3


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    Hooke's law is under idealized conditions that you probably broke by compressing the spring as far as possible - at least this is a typical thing to do when shooting things up with springs. A full description of the setup and how you extracted the spring constant would allow us to better spot the problem
  5. Apr 20, 2012 #4
    oh ok thanks
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