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

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Finding max height of a mass launched by a spring?

I have the following problem on my homework. The actual problem has numbers, but I figure using symbolic notation will help me understand the concept in the long run. A block of mass $M$ is launched ...
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Vibration of pulley and string system [closed]

So here's the statement: A pulley of a mass $M$ is hanged using a spring (stiffness of the string being $k_1$), as shown in the image. What is the frequency of the pulley's oscillation? So that's ...
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Does the slinky base stay perfectly level during the initial free fall [duplicate]

In this related question: Slinky base does not immediately fall due to gravity It is observed that the base does not fall immediately. Obviously the center of mass is in free fall, and the tension ...
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Potential energy of a spring

I have a little problem with the potential energy of a spring... I hope you can help me! I have two coupled pendula, given by two masses $m$ fixed to two rigid bars (that haven't any mass) and with ...
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Hooke's Law and the shape of coils

I've learned in school that the force in a coil is $F=kx$, linear on how much the coil is stretched. Two questions: Is it always linear for every shape of a coil? Does it remain linear if we ...
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17 Joules of Energy From a Mouse Trap

Do you think it would be possible to get 17 joules out of a standard size mouse trap. By my math, it is a torsion coefficient of 3.45 or so out of the spring.
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Hooke's law limitation question

Let's consider a spring. I am a strong man(well, lets assume) and I am pulling the spring. the work I do is being stored in the spring in the form of its elastic potential energy. Then suddenly, ...
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Work done by spring over distance

I'm working through a problem involving energy conservation. Unfortunately, I cannot calculate the work done by a spring. ...
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Where have I made a mistake? [closed]

Question Find the period of oscillation of the above figure, assuming frictionless and massless pulley? I figured the displacement from each side is the same thus $x(k_{1}+k_{2})=-ma$, after the ...
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equivalent spring constant for a drum floating in water

If I have a drum floating in water, how do I find the equivalent spring constant? I know that the water has density $\rho$, the drum has diameter $d$ and height $\ell$, and the positive direction is ...
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How to estimate a person's mass from a sensor? [closed]

I'm trying to estimate the person's weight from some available sensors and I have an accelerometer, a gyrometer and a magnetometer. The triaxial accelerometer is fixed in a band in the person's ...
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Is my physics correct or torque correct?

I would like to put this into a differential equation. This is what I have. $$r \times F = I \ddot\theta + \mu \dot\theta + k \theta$$ What I need verified: $\text{Torque} = I\ddot\theta + \mu ...
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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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How to derive the period of spring pendulum?

So I wanted to find out how to (simply, if that's possible) derive the formula for a period of spring pendulum: $T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{m}{k}}$. However, Google doesn't help me here as all I see is the ...
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Understanding the concept of period of motion in simple harmonic motion formula

I have a spring system, whose position equation is $$x(t) = c_1cos(8 \sqrt{2}t) + c_2sin(8 \sqrt{2}t)$$ The textbook says it will have a period of motion of $\frac{2 \pi}{(8 \sqrt{2}t)}$. I ...
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A spring with two masses in an inelastic collision

An ideal spring is attached to a wall, and the other end is attached to a mass $m$. The spring is initially compressed a distance $x$. After it is released, the mass collides with another mass $2m$ ...
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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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Lagrangian for a moving spring device [closed]

How can I write the proper Lagrangian for such as system as the one shown in picture? Am confused about what is the suitable way to designate the coordinate.
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Atwood machine with spring

I'm just beginning to learn about Lagrangian mechanics, and I am asked to find the kinetic energy of this Atwood machine (See figure). I am told, that the kinetic energy should be: ...
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Time period for spring connected body

Two identical springs with spring constant $k$ are connected to identical masses of mass $M$, as shown in the figures above. The ratio of the period for the springs connected in parallel (Figure 1) ...
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Why is the spring constant $W_p''(0)$?

According to my physics book, the spring constant can be calculated from knowing the potential energy, with the formula $k = W_p''(0)$. I don't really understand why, and the book doesn't explain it ...
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Mass points of a Mass-spring model

Let's say I have a mass spring model like the one in the picture below: So, there are 3 parts of the spring joined together in an equilateral triangular manner. Each of the joints has a mass of ...
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Question about finding $k$ in Hooke's Law

My textbook (Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Dennis Zill) offers the following explanation of Hooke's Law: By Hooke's Law, the spring itself exerts a restoring force $F$ opposite to the ...
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if a force is 1 newton metre, what is it at 2 meters?

If I have a force, say 24 kg/cm what would that equate to at 2cm? I would like to know the formulae for calculating this. For example. If a motor can hold an object of 24kg at 1cm from its pivot ...
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Mimic Magnetic Repulsive Resistance through a spring

I have two identical magnets and I push them towards each other so that they are repelling. Is it possible to accurately mimic this repulsion effect (magnetic energy) just using a metal spring ...
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How is energy converted when massless spring is attached to a rigid support

Say a massless spring of length l is attached to a rigid support. It is extended to length l + x. Now at this position, the ...
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Is there a difference between spring fatigue and plastic deformation in springs?

Is there a difference between spring fatigue and plastic deformation in springs? Plastic deformation means permanent deformation in springs caused due to stretching in springs.
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Final velocity of a spring [closed]

I need to calculate the velocity of an object when it is thrown by a spring; we have to calculate the velocity from $U=\frac 12 kx^2$. Now I know that $U=L=F\cdot S$ and $S=\frac{v_f^2-v_0^2}{2a}$. ...
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Natural frequency of spring-mass system

We can found on internet videos or articles about resonance. For this they for e.g. take a system of two spring and mass in between. When they set force frequency to close to natural frequency. But ...
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How to model mechanical systems that change configuration over time?

If I have some simple mechanical system, say - a mass attached to one end of a spring fixed at the other end, I can write differential equations describing such systems which can also be handled ...
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Maximum length stretch of vertical spring with a mass? [closed]

Having a vertical spring, if we hang a mass to it, what is the maximum stretch length of spring? and how big should be mass to break the spring?
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Coupled Spring System (3 mass 3 springs)

Hello I am having trouble trying to find the correct model for this coupled spring system. The scenario is the following we have: Ceiling - Spring - Mass(1) - Spring(2) - Mass(2) - Spring (3) - ...
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Deriving spring oscilation period [duplicate]

We have a spring attached to a wall and at the other part an object on a frictionless surface. I tried to calculate the spring oscilation period. I used the conservation of energy and kinematics ...
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Experiment with spring and two light sources emitting light in opposite directions

Two (almost massless) light sources connected with a (almost massless) spring emit light beams in opposite directions. What is the speed at which the spring extends?
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Doing a spring experiment, and need to find the stretch required

I'm doing an experiment where I have to calculate the stretch of a spring needed for it to launch itself into a trashcan located some distance away. The spring is located on the edge of a ramp that is ...
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Double-spring mass system

We just had a lesson about elementary mass-spring systems (SHO), and I thought about a horizontal situation with two springs with the test mass oscillating in between. If we are to manually stretch ...
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Two masses attached by a spring [closed]

Suppose there is a system of two masses $M_1$ and $M_2$ connected by a spring with constant $K$ on a frictionless surface. What is the frequency of this system's oscillation? So I have fixed a ...
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Why do springs have helical shapes? Why do we not use a cylindrical rod as a spring? [duplicate]

A spring is a mechanical flexible element and has to absorb energy from outside gradually. We are manufacturing springs in helical shapes on a large scale. What is the reason behind this?
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Minimum separation distance between two masses cushioned by a spring [closed]

I think this problem is much more difficult than what I've learned so far. B) is the problem I'm having a hard time with. I think it is much more difficult to consider because as the red object ...
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Spring force vs Spring Potential Energy?

Which strategy should I use to approach a problem? Sometimes I'll use $U= 1/2kx^2$ when I should use $F=-kx$ and vice versa. What are clues in a problem that would let me identify the correct approach ...
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Balloon Expansion

I would like to do a calculation of an expanding balloon represented by a triangular spring-damper mesh system. Also the behavior of the balloon when it is put in a container, where its shape conform ...
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Relationship between angles [closed]

Question: Find the relationship between angles $\theta$ and $\phi$ using the equations of equilibrium and solve for $\theta$. Express your equation for $\theta$ in terms of $\phi$. ...
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Spring in Clocks

Is the spring in a clock a torsion spring? As opposed to looking like a clothespin spring, its windings are all in the same plane, does it still work the same way? Related Question: Energy stored in ...
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Spring Constant

Is it possible to determine the spring constant of a spring in a situation in which it is being compressed when such certain length of compression is not known? If so, how can such calculation be ...
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Two blocks connected by spring on frictionless surface and Newton's third law

Suppose there is the following situation: Blocks $A$ and $B$, with masses $m_A$ and $m_B$, are connected by a light spring on a horizontal, frictionless table. When block $A$ has acceleration ...
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Hooke's law, springs

A spring AB with constant k is hooked in the end A to the ceiling. At the end B of the undefomed spring is hooked a mass of weight 100N. At $t=0$ the mass is let free with no initial velocity. Not ...
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Calculating restorative force with Hooke's Law [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mass points of a Mass-spring model Say I have a spring like the one in the picture below: The point at the top is fixed to a ceiling. The red coloured arrow is the ...
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Spring-mass physics homework question [closed]

I've been having trouble with my physics homework. The problem is: You may have measured the properties of a simple spring-mass system in the lab. Suppose you found ks = 0.9 N/m and m = 0.01 kg, ...
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Maximum Kinetic energy of a spring

The block in the figure below lies on a horizontal frictionless surface and is attached to the free end of the spring, with a spring constant of 35 N/m. Initially, the spring is at its relaxed ...
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Why are there two ways to solve for energy of a spring?

I can find the energy of a spring using $F = -kx$, or by using the formula $e = 1/2mv^2 + 1/2I\omega^2 + mgh + 1/2kx^2$. The first way, I get $mg/k = x$, but the second way, I get $2mg/k = x$. Which ...