# Spring force

1. Jul 30, 2006

### teng125

A spring with length l = 8 cm hangs in
vertical direction somewhere close the earth's surface. When a mass of m = 10 kg is attached
to the spring its rest-position is at y0 = 11 cm. (a) Determine the spring constant k.

i try to use F=-kx = mg where x=11cm - 8cm
therefore,i would like to know whether my steps are correct or i used the wrong formula

somebody pls help

2. Jul 30, 2006

### teng125

part b) The
mass is pulled out of its rest-position by a distance Δy = 5 cm. What is the acceleration acting
on the mass in the moment of its release?

i got the answer of a=16.35m/s^2

am i right??

3. Jul 30, 2006

### sdekivit

You're in the right direction :) Remember that at the spring its rest position $$F_{gr.} = F_{spring} = C \cdot u$$ where C = spring constant.

So you need to solve: $$m \cdot g = C \cdot u$$ with u = distance of strecthing of the spring (3 cm)

4. Jul 30, 2006

### sdekivit

foir b i would say that you use the second law of Newton: $$F_{res} = m \cdot a$$

5. Jul 30, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

You are correct. (Except for that minus sign. Set the magnitude of the spring force equal to the magnitude of the weight.)

6. Jul 30, 2006