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Homework Help: Spring-coupled masses

  1. Dec 21, 2007 #1
    [SOLVED] spring-coupled masses

    Thanks, Doc Al... I think I understand it now!
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2007
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  3. Dec 22, 2007 #2

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    What matters is how much each spring is stretched (or compressed). So the total spring potential energy is given by your second expression. (This is explained on the page that you linked.)

    That's it.
  4. Dec 22, 2007 #3

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    There's a first time for everything. That's a tautology almost. But this type of reply, by editing the very first post, is a first for me in the forum. The answer is left hanging with part of the query missing. I can't but help ask why?
  5. Dec 22, 2007 #4
    If you are interested in the question, the entire question is quoted in Doc Al's post, and I managed to understand it by myself, so there is no need for other people to waste their time on it...that's why I deleted it.
  6. Dec 22, 2007 #5

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    The more elegant way would be to mark the post as SOLVED.
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