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Trucks have leaf and helper spring (spring put on top of leaf spring vertically) attached to axel. After the leaf spring is compressed by 0.5m, the helper spring helps with additional load.

k of leaf spring is 5.25*10^5N/m, and k of helper spring is 3.6*10^5N/m. Load is 5.00*10^5N

a) What is the compression of the leaf spring for the above load?

I solved by first finding what load leaf spring supports, since its max compression befor helper spring is activated is 0.5m, so i found F with x=0.5, and k=5.25*10^5. Then I subtracted that number from the total load to find how much do both spring support, and then used the sum of both k to find x when two springs are supporting the weight. then 0.5 plus that x is the compression of leaf spring, which gives 0.768m, and thats the answer in the book.

Now i have a problem with part b:

b) How much work is done in compressing the springs?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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