(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

An inclined plane of angle 20.0° has a spring force constant k = 500 N/m fastened securely at the bottom so that the spring is parallel to the surface (as shown in the attached photo). A block of mass m = 2.50kg is placed on the plane at a distance d = 0.300m from the spring. From this position, the block is projected towards the spring with speed v = 0.750m/s. By what distance is the spring compressed when the block momentarily comes to rest?

2. Relevant equations

K = 1/2 m * v^{2}

E_{elastic}= E_{s}= 1/2 k * x^{2}

E_{g}= mgh

3. The attempt at a solution

I get a bit confused when handling all the different Energy/Work equations...

But here's what I did:

(my variable "x" is the distance that the spring displaces, and I tried to set my coordinate system so that the x-axis would be where the spring is at its compressed position but I'm not sure if I did it properly...)

U_{gi}+ U_{si}+ K_{i}= U_{gf}+ U_{sf}+ K_{f}

(2.50)(9.80)(0.300 + x)sin20 + 0 + 1/2*2.50*0.750^{2}= 0 + 1/2 * 500 * x^{2}+ 0

However when I solve for x, I get the wrong value.

I think I may have set up my equations for gravitational potential energy incorrectly ... Or maybe I set the whole thing up wrong heh.

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# Work/energy - spring and inclined plane

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