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ghobbs

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Hi. I have a mass between 2 springs. See attachment. Both springs are compressed.

I'm trying to convince myself that the springs act in parallel. I've done the calculations and it checks out ok, but I'm struggling to visualise this. In my mind, if an external force is applied to the mass to move it to the right, then the left hand spring is assisting this motion which goes against the idea that the springs are in parallel.

Can anyone help me get my head around this? Thanks.

I'm trying to convince myself that the springs act in parallel. I've done the calculations and it checks out ok, but I'm struggling to visualise this. In my mind, if an external force is applied to the mass to move it to the right, then the left hand spring is assisting this motion which goes against the idea that the springs are in parallel.

Can anyone help me get my head around this? Thanks.