An object such as a metal coil or air-filled tube which provides a force opposing the direction of deformation.

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Equal mass on either end of a spring

I'm taking physics this term and this is the first time taking physics in 3 years. Here is my homework question (of course those variables all have values but we'll use variables for now): Consider ...
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Dynamics of a Vertical Mass-Spring Simple Harmonic Oscillator with Gravity

I am having some trouble obtaining the elastic potential energy and gravitational potential energy of a simple mass spring system. In this experiment, masses attached to a spring were dropped from a ...
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Conservation of Energy of two charged blocks connected by light spring

Two identical blocks resting on a frictionless, horizontal surface are connected by a light spring having a spring constant $k = 100 N/m$ and an unstretched length $L_i=0.400 m$. A charge $Q$ ...
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Damping Coefficient of SHM

In lab for my physics of digital systems class, we were told to find the damping coefficient of a spring experiencing simple harmonic oscillation. We were given the formula $$x = A e^{\left( ...
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What is the minimum force required to move this block

Please don't report. It's not a homework question. Yesterday on my physics test there was this question. there is a block of mass $m$ connected to a spring as shown in the figure. the spring constant ...
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2D square lattice, nearest neighbor and next-nearest connected by springs

For my field theory class I am trying to build the Lagrangian for the following system. Consider a 2D square lattice where the nearest and next-nearest neighbor interactions are modeled by springs ...
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What factors influence the spring constant?

For certain springs we have been taught that Hookes law, $F=-kx$ works. For such springs, what factors determine k. For instance, k is proportional to length. Can k be expressed in terms of ...
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Spring system - 3 DoF system and its properties while changing stiffness

I was given the attached 3 degree of freedom spring system with the purpose of analyzing it. I came up with the following equation of motion and then I ran Matlab to calculate the corresponding ...
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Effective mass in Spring-with-mass/mass system

Suppose you have a particle of mass $m$ fixed to a spring of mass $m_0$ that, in turn, is fixed to some wall. I'm trying to calculate the effective mass $m'$ that appears in the law of motion of the ...
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Simulating quantum network of harmonic oscillators

Let's say that I have a system of $n$ particles $p_1,\ldots,p_n\in\mathbb{R}^3$ (where $n$ here is on the order of 10,000). Furthermore, suppose we have a graph $G=(V,E)$ describing some network, ...
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How to determine viscous dampening coefficient of spring?

I'm trying to determine the viscous dampening coefficient of a spring $c$. Read about it on Wikipedia here. The two equations which I have are: $f=-cv$ and $ma+cv = -kx$ I know the spring constant ...
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Measuring the spring constant in a system with hydrostatic buoyancy

I have a physics lab tomorrow and I would appreciate it if you could give me your opinion on whether my reasoning is correct for this situation or not: http://i.stack.imgur.com/WMzA7.jpg The title ...
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How to model vibration damped by applied/contact force?

I am computer science student and I am working on a project which needs to know how the vibration of phone is damped by applied force (when human touches the phone). I have read many articles about ...
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Practice AP Physics B Exam Question regarding Momentum

I am trying to review momentum for the AP exam coming up. I will be taking the AP Physics C exam for Mechanics, but I was just practicing on any free response questions I could find and I came across ...
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Where is the energy lost in a spring?

Thinking about springs, and their extensions, I recently came to a confusion which I hope this wonderful community can help me solve. The question is this. When the block is initially attached to ...
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Hooke's law doesn't work well with my spring?

I'm trying to make an application for Hooke's law using a spring, but the law doesn't give any correct result with my spring, because when I hang a $100\,\mathrm{g}$ object on the spring it's ...
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Is mass proportional to the displacement from equilibrium in Hooke's law?

If I look at Hooke's law as it's defined in my textbook, it looks like: $F = -k\Delta s$ Therefore, the restoring force of an ideal spring will be proportional to the displacement from equilibrium, ...
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Undamped oscillations. Why is the solution a linear combination of $\sin()$ and $\cos()$?

$ma = mg - cx$, where $x(0) = x_0 = 0$ is the position in which there is no tension in the rope. $dx/dt = v_0$ for $t = 0$; $v_0$ is a known constant. The discriminant of the characteristic ...
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where did I lose the negative sign when spring is in compression in a mass-spring problem?

Most books just tells you that spring force is $-kx$ since it opposes motion and to just write $mx''=-kx$ regardless if the spring is in tension of compression. But when I try to derive this using ...
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What is the two dimensional equivalent of a spring?

I'm trying to model isotropic linear elastic deformation in two dimensions. In one dimension, I know that a linear elastic material can be thought of as a spring which obeys Hooke's law $F=-k\Delta ...
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Dropping a weight onto a spring scale

Say I drop a 5kg weight from a height of 1 meters onto a spring scale like many people have in their bathrooms. On impact the scale will show a higher weight than 5kg. Question: Which quantities ...
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Why does the acceleration $g$ due to gravity not affect the period of a vertically mounted spring?

For a vertically mounted spring, I was looking at the formula $ T= 2\pi \sqrt{m/k}$ for a period. Why doesn't the gravitational acceleration $g$ factor in?
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What has the potential energy: the spring or the body on the spring?

Particles have gravitational potential energy due to its position in the gravitational field. We say the particle has potential energy and not the Earth (the body doing the work). Why is it not the ...
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Bungee jumping - find spring constant

A person of mass $m$ is attached to a spring that its loose length is $l_0$. He is standing on a bridge and jumps off it, so he travels down a distance $2 l_0$ when measured from the bridge up to the ...
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How do I account for the direction of friction acting on a spring?

I would like to set up the equations of motion for a simple spring oscillator. Let's have a spring lying horizontally; we attach a small mass $m$ to the (massless) spring. The force of the spring ...
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Does a slinky hanging downward double in length if gravity doubles?

Also would a spring under tension greater than the force of gravity pulling the spring downward shrink in both directions until it has depleted it's stored energy while in free fall?
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Damping a spring force

I'm modelling particles in a system using a spring and damper force. $$F= kx -cv$$ $x=x_i -x_f$, where $x_i$=centre of spring and $x_f$= displaced position. Above $x$ is the displacement and $v$ is ...
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Kinetic energy and potential energy variation over distance in SHM

When you compute the average potential energy of a horizontal spring mass system from the mean position to the positive amplitude A, the value comes out to be $\frac{1}{6}kA^2$. For the average ...
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Where does the loss in gravitational energy of the load go when a spring is pulled?

A mass spring system is in equilibrium. If I pull on the load by $x$ meters, the energy stored in the spring is (this is what is given in my book): $$E=\frac12kx^2 $$ However, doesn't the load lose ...
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Stick and slip motion: mass and spring inside a box model

I am trying to determine a set of differential equation which can describe the motion of a mechanical system as below. Here, at the bottom we have a plate, and a box on top of it. Inside the box, ...
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Why do joined massless springs, act like a rope under tension?

In an oscillations exercise there is a spring attached to another spring, attached to a block. Long story short: I have to find the global $k$. In the solutions it says: "Because the springs are ...
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What is the tension in the spring when its overall length is 70 mm? [closed]

A spring obeying Hooke’s Law has an upstretched length of 50 mm and a spring constant of 400 N m-1. What is the tension in the spring when its overall length is 70 mm? My solution: 400/50*70=560NM is ...
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Equation of motion for system of springs

I need to find the equations of motion for the following system. If $x_1$ is $m_1$'s extension and $x_2$ is $m_2$'s, then, I feel like for $m_1$ we just need to consider $x_1$ giving $$m_1 a_1 = ...
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Why doesn't Lenz's law predict the behavior of a rod on springs in a magnetic field?

This comes from one of the free response questions from the AP Physics B 2014 exam. 5. (15 points) A conducting rod of mass $m$ and length $L$ hangs at rest from two identical conducting ...
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Rotating spring system: Is my intuition correct?

Consider a solid spherical object of uniform density that is rotating on an axis A1. Perpendicular to that axis one can draw another line that passes through the sphere. On this axis, on both sides of ...
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The motion of a spring

I have a question about the force set by this spring, I saw many times that $\overrightarrow{F}=-Kx\overrightarrow{i}$. I'm asking why not using $\overrightarrow{F}=Kx\overrightarrow{i}$ without the ...
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rate of change of spring potential energy $\frac{dU}{dt}$

Suppose we have a setup like this. In orange are two wooden sticks sort of things, and they are attached to the block of mass $m$(as usual) at a joint which is hinge type something. A similar ...
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Spring-mass system with two springs and three masses [closed]

I'm trying to solve a system of springs and masses that is confusing me. First, the balls are all lined up linearly. Secondly, the ball in the middle has a smaller mass $m$ while the first and last ...
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Could someone explain to me why this is sometimes right and sometimes not?

I do not remember when, but a while a ago I was told that for a spring with stiffness $k$ and a mass $m$, the equation $-kx = ma$ never holds. (assume a horizontal spring) So if I was given a problem ...
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In continuum mechanics, what is work potential in the context of total potential energy?

I'm reading a book on the finite element method. Specifically I'm looking at the background material where they are discussing potential energy, equilibrium, and the Rayleigh–Ritz method. The book ...
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Using Fourier Transforms to Solve Systems with springs of high frequency

I'm trying to numerically solve the differential equations of motion in a system with multiple springs of very high frequency. Because the solution is often a combination of rapidly-oscillating sine ...
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Balancing forces on a liquid [closed]

My reasoning is as follows Atmospheric pressure = $P_{0}$; Spring stretch = $x$; Pressure under top piston = $P$ Balancing forces on top piston $kx + P S_1 = P_0 S_1$ Balancing forces on bottom ...
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Changing the length of a spring [closed]

Imagine we have a spring that is hanging from the roof with $k = 200$ and a stone with $ W=10N $ is pulling it down. Then due to $$ F=kx $$ we have $x=.05m=5cm$ Now we halve the length of the spring. ...
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Lagrangian, Kinetic & Potential energy with two masses connected to three springs

Two masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ are on a frictionless surface. They are connected by three springs with constants $k_1,k_2,k_3$. $k_1$ and $k_3$ are attached to walls and $k_2$ is between the masses. $k_1$ ...
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Frequency of Oscillations about Circular Orbit [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the frequency of small oscillations about the basic circular path of a mass at the end of a spring, being spun around a table. I understand that the spring will stretch out a ...
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Do I need to take elastic potential energy into account? [closed]

Let's say I have a vertical spring with end points $A$ and $B$ and length $a$ and a mass attached to the endpoint $B$. The mass is dropped from the point $A$ and I need to find the kinetic ...
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What forces are exerted on a clothespin in space?

Let's say a clothespin is modeled as a simple torsion spring as follows. Given: $p_1,\ p_2,\ p_3$: point-like objects of equal mass in 2-D space. All objects float in space, i.e. the center of mass ...
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How do determine the equation of motion of slinky?

I'm trying to analyze the forces exerted to slinky. First, I've divided both ends. The red vector is the force exerted by slinky itself, and the green vector is gravitational force. Force exerted ...
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Simple harmonic oscillator system and changes in its total energy

Suppose I have a body of mass $M$ connected to a spring (which is connected to a vertical wall) with a stiffness coefficient of $k$ on some frictionless surface. The body oscillates from point $C$ to ...