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I understand that Hooke's Law is F=-ks

which states that the spring force is directly proportional but opposite to the difference of the distance from the stretched length of the string and the equilibrium length of the string.

I just have this confusion with my textbook in which there are Hooke's law problems which have been solved using f=ks where the sign of k is not negative and the force sign is also positive.

My question is : with what problems relating to hooke's law would I use F=ks instead of F= -ks?

I hope that I have followed the correct rules with posting this query.

I would appreciate any respone . Thank you.