1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A mass m hangs from a spring with stiffness constant k. The spring is cut in half and the same mass hung from it. WIll the new arrangement have a higher or a lower stiffness constant than the original spring? 2. Relevant equations F= -kx 3. The attempt at a solution I think that the spring will have the same spring stiffness. I dont feel that the spring constant is something that can be changed. If it was, then it shouldnt be called a constant.