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Stretching things out a bit, I

  1. Nov 23, 2007 #1
    [SOLVED] Stretching things out a bit, I

    Can anyone help me with this problem?

    You have a spring with force constant 450 N/m. How much work do you do in
    (a) stretching the spring from its relaxed position to an extension of 10 cm.
    (b) stretching it an additional 10 cm.
    (c) allowing it to return from an extension of 20 cm to its relaxed position?

    is this right?
    a) W = 1/2(450)(.1^2) = 2.25J

    b) W = 1/2(450)(.2^2) - 1/2(450)(.1^2) = 6.75J

    c) W = 1/2(450)(.2^2) - 0 = 9J
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  3. Nov 23, 2007 #2
    a) and b) right
    c)W=9 j,when you make spring to stay at rest in his relaxed position.But if you just release spring without giving any energy it'll return to his relaxed position,but it'll not stop there.The object will oscillate around relaxed position.
  4. Nov 23, 2007 #3
    Thank you so much azatkgz.
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