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Homework Help: Simple spring constant problem

  1. Oct 20, 2006 #1
    The length of a spring increases by 6.90 cm from its relaxed length when a mass of 1.10 kg is suspended from the spring.What is the spring constant?

    so I know that ultimately i use hooke's law which is
    F=kx
    but how would i figure out F if i only have the mass?

    I can't do F=ma b/c i don't have the acceleration.
    I'm confused
    thanks
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2006 #2

    Hootenanny

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    Note that this spring will be vertical when the mass is suspended from it.
     
  4. Oct 20, 2006 #3
    so will i assume that the force is the mass of the spring.
    so
    F=kx
    (1.10) = k (6.90)

    but it says i'm wrong
     
  5. Oct 20, 2006 #4

    radou

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    The force can't equal the mass. Weight can be a force, and it equals m*g.
     
  6. Oct 20, 2006 #5
    thanks!
    i think i wasn't thinking straight :)
     
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