I have the following question to answer: a force of160 N stretches a spring 0.050m from its equilibrium position. A. what is the spring constant of the spring?
The equation for Hooke's Law in my text is F=-kx, where k is the spring constant. So with some simple algebra we can find an equation for k: k = -(f/x). After plugging all my values in I get -3200.
My question: Am I supposed to disregard the negative sign when plugging in value?