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Homework Help: Spring / Ramp Problem

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

    A 500-g block is released from rest and slides down a frictionless track that begins 2.00 m above the horizontal as shown in the figure. At the bottom of the track, where the surface is horizontal, the block strikes and sticks to a light spring with a constant of 20 N/m.find the maximum distance the spring is compressed.

    2. Relevant equations

    I am pretty sure that this is just an MGH type problem, so I used :

    mgh=1/2kx^2



    3. The attempt at a solution

    Using the above formula, I calculated: (.500)(9.8)(2)=.5(20)(x^2)

    Solving the equation for value x i get .99 m.

    Can anyone advise me to whether this is correct or not?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 1, 2007 #2
    That is correct.
     
  4. Dec 3, 2007 #3
    awesome, thanks alot!
     
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