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I have a $0.40 Kg$ of mass that has $v= 0.5 m/s$, and then crashes with a spring with constant $k = 750N/m$

Whats the distance that the spring was compressed?

I was using the equation $W_{r} = \frac{1}{2}kx^2 $

so

$\frac{1}{2}(0.4)(0.5*0.5) = \frac{1}{2}(750)(x^2)$

so $x = 0.011 m$

Is this correct? what is the solution?

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closed as too localized by David Z Nov 28 '12 at 20:12

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EDIT: Corrected by using a real calculator instead of my brain:

Assuming a "resort" is a "spring" then your method is correct (conservation of energy); I get $x=0.0115 m$ as my answer.

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Could you please write down your computations? I do not know where I am wrong –  cMinor Nov 28 '12 at 19:16
    
i.e. you are correct, I just can't take square roots with my head very well :-P –  levitopher Nov 28 '12 at 19:24
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