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Homework Help: Spring Constant

  1. Oct 21, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A 2.9 kg block is released from rest and allowed to slide down a frictionless surface and into a spring. The far end of the spring is attached to a wall, as shown. The initial height of the block is 0.32 m above the lowest part of the slide and the spring constant is 442 N/m.

    (a) What is the block's speed when it is at a height of 0.25 m above the base of the slide?
    ________ m/s
    (b) How far is the spring compressed?
    _______ m
    (c) The spring sends the block back to the left. How high does the block rise?
    _________ m

    2. Relevant equations




    3. The attempt at a solution

    For A,

    How do you set up the equations so you find the final velocity at that point?
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  3. Oct 21, 2007 #2


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    You have pointed out that the conservation of energy equations are important for this problem, and you are correct. Now, can you tell me what the relationship is between the mechanical energy at .32m and the mechanical energy at .35m? If you can, you should have the basics for an equation that can help you find the velocity at .25m.
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