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Working with Spring Forces

  1. Oct 19, 2011 #1
    So I've been working on this for hours and trying to understand it but I just don't. It doesn't make sense to me. Here is my problem:

    A block (M = 1.5 kg) is sliding along a frictionless surface with initial velocity Vo = 1.15 m/s. It comes in contact with the spring (k = 170 N/m) in the diagram, and when it does, it also experiences a friction force fk that opposed the motion. The coefficient of kinetic friction, (μk = 0.1).What is the stopping distance of the block?

    The main thing is that I have no distance given or spring compression. Just Vo, k, M, and the coefficient of kinetic friction.
     
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  3. Oct 19, 2011 #2

    SammyS

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    The amount of spring compression is equal to the stopping distance.
     
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