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Simple spring problem (need someone's help)

  1. Nov 17, 2005 #1
    An elevator descends at constant speed v.
    There is a spring suspended from the elevator's ceiling, and a particle is hanging off it. It is at rest relative to the elevator.
    Suddenly the elevator stops. At what magnitude does the spring oscillate?

    IS it possible to obtain an answer to this question, without considering the mass?
    Cause what I did was just equate 1/2 mv^2 with 1/2 kA^2, the total energy of a spring system. Is that valid? Please, any advice at all.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Nov 18, 2005 #2

    daniel_i_l

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    It looks valid. You need the mass to solve this problem.
     
  4. Nov 18, 2005 #3
    yea, you sure? was really confused cause question's got no info at all. Thanks.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2005 #4

    daniel_i_l

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    Also, don't forget to take the potential energy into account.
     
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