1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A 5 kg mass slides to the right on a surface having a coefficient of friction 0.48. The mass has a speed of 7 m/s when contact is made with a spring that has a spring constant 138 N/m. The mass comes to rest after the spring has been compressed a distance d. The mass is then forced toward the left by the spring and continues to move in that direction beyond the unstretched position. Finally the mass comes to rest a distance D to the left of the unstretched spring. The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s2. Find the compressed distance d. 2. Relevant equations Wnet = WC + WNC WNC = Ffrdcos[tex]\theta[/tex] [tex]\Sigma[/tex]Ebefore = [tex]\Sigma[/tex]Eafter + WNC 3. The attempt at a solution I'm just not sure if I should separate this into two parts where I find the the final energy just before it touches the spring and then the second part, find the distance with the final energy found in part one? And I'm really confused as to incorporating the nonconservative force in this equation. I've looked at my book and there is no example of this or anything =( They only have it in relation to potential energy in the y-direction.