if you cut a spring with a constant "k" in half, does the new spring's "k" change?
What I was trying to get at was that the spring constant is a function of material and the way it is wound. It is not a function of the overall length of the spring. The only thing that cutting a spring in half does is halves the total distance you can compress it before you reach the spring's solid height.physicsstudent12 said:Hey, Fred Garvin, thanks for replying, but there's nothing about the actual length of the spring. I don't need an exact numerical value, I just need to know if the spring constant changes, and if so, how does it change.
The tacit assumption I believe you're making is:I'm not sure, I was thinking that the "k" would double, because by cutting the spring in half you are reducing the spring's displacement.