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**Spring compression -- Conservation of Energy**

**1. Homework Statement**

So far I'm only working on part A. I didn't know whether to create separate posts for each part I had trouble with or just put the whole thing in one post.

**2. Homework Equations**

KE = 1/2mv^2

PE = mgh

Uelas = 1/2kx^2

**3. The Attempt at a Solution**

Narrowed full CoE equation down to:

K

_{0}= U

_{grav2}+ U

_{elas2}

As the example in our text, I set my datum at the point where the block just comes into contact with the springs but has not yet compressed them. My point 2 is the lowest point the block reaches.

Used quadratic equation to solve for height (mgh

_{2})which should also equal x if I understand this correctly.

Got x = 0.130m or -0.332m BOTH were wrong.

Please help, I've been at this for 2 hours and I have a freaking long way to go (working ahead...have to start days ahead of the others just to keep up b/c I'm a moron).