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Homework Help: Vibrations and waves

  1. Dec 8, 2005 #1
    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.

    I think that I use the formula mgh=1/2kx^2 is this right?

    so when i use this i get (.500)(9.8)(2)=.5(20)(x^2)

    and solving for x i get .99m is this right?
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  3. Dec 8, 2005 #2
    i don't get how this has to do with vibration and waves.

    but yes, that seems correct
  4. Dec 8, 2005 #3
    well that is what chapter it is in sry I didn't really know what to put in heading. Thanks though
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