A toy car of mass 555g is moving with speed 1.21m/s and strikes a spring mounted to the wall. The spring slows the toy car to rest with a acceleration that varies from 0 - 3.055m/s2.
Determine the spring constant.
W = -1/2mv2 + 1/2 kx2
The Attempt at a Solution
I've seen equations like this but I don't understand the acceleration part. I think that because there is no friction the work is conservative so it equals zero. Then I solved the equation for x2 and substituted that back into the equation so that I could solve for k but the answer I got doesn't jive with the one my instructor gave me. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks for your help.