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

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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 Rayleighâ€“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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### 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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### Two bodies connected by a spring

I came across of a problem. It is about two bodies with equal masses connected by a spring with the coefficient $k$ and the length of $l_0$. Suddenly, a constant force $F$ is applied to the first body....
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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 energy ...
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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 in ...
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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 ...
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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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### Deriving the formula for energy stored in a spring without using geometry (determining the area under a curve)?

Using Hooke's Law, we know that the force applied is proportional to the extension of the spring. Therefore by plotting a graph of force against extension, through the area under the curve we are able ...
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### Spring constant and a spring's decompressed length

I wonder why the decompressed/free length of a spring doesn't change the spring constant $k$. I'll give the equation for $k$ here: $k = \frac{Gd^4}{8nD^3}$ For a fixed number of coils, if the free ...
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### Can mass-less spring system be solved?

Suppose we have typical chain of strings with masses, attached to the walls (W) at each side W-----m-----m--------W x=0 x=6 x=12 x=21 So if we let ...
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### Two solutions, A+ and A-, for masses connected via springs

My prof gives an example of trying to solve the equations of motion for a series of gliders each connected by springs, with the same spring constant. From looking at the $j-1$ through $j+1$ glider, he ...
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### Question about massive spring and SHM [closed]

A mass $M$ is resting on the end of a spring with constant $K$. The mass of the spring is $m$, and the displacement of each element of the spring is proportional to the distance from the fixed end of ...
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### Potential energy of springs and gravity, and work of a force

I am currently really stuck on this problem and I am not sure how to actually solve it, I think I can reason it out logically but I do not know how to show it. Here it is and under I will show what I ...
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### Can I use the reduced mass principle in a spring-damper system?

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/orbv.html#rm I want to know, if I can use the reduced mass principle to solve a two object spring-damper system. In the books and webpages that I have ...
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### How to find the compression of a spring attached to an object [closed]

I am having some trouble figuring out the equation needed to solve this problem. A 3.0-kg block slides along a frictionless tabletop at 8.0 m/s toward a second block (at rest) of mass 4.5 kg. A ...
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### include the stretch of the spring own weight in potential energy for spring pendulum?

we are given a problem with spring with its own mass $m$. I am confused how to set up the PE term in the Lagrangian. Assume the spring has length of $L_{0}$ when it is laying on a table horizontally. ...
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### Max extension of spring mass system

While attempting problems of simple harmonic motion I came across this problem, which has gotten me confused. A fixed horizontal spring is stretched by a constant force $F$. I am required to obtain ...
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### Why is the restoring force directly proportional to extension?

When deforming any spring the deforming force is always greater than the restoring force until equilibrium is reached. So, if a constant deforming force caused an extension in any spring the restoring ...
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### Doubt on series springs [closed]

Here is a description of the motion of two springs in series. The premise is that the force on the two springs is the same. This is derived from the following reasoning: when I pull the mass with a ...
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### How could this damped oscillator ever go to infinity? Or negative infinity for that matter?

This is an ODE problem,but I cannot visualize why it can go to infinity or negative infinity. Consider $$x'' -6x' + 8x = 0$$ Where $x''$ is acceleration, $-6x'$ is the ...
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### Elastic potential energy and equilibrium position when mass changes in vertical mass-spring system

I'm a bit stuck with this situation: Suppose that an object $A$ with mass M=8 kg at 10 mt above the floor falls from rest tied to an 2 mt elastic rope, which does not exert any force since $A$ falls 2 ...
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### Spring oscillations and waves

Consider a block of mass $m$ attached to a spring. Let it oscillate at a frequency $f$. Now each part of the spring is in SHM. so this means a wave is propagating through this spring.bCan this wave be ...
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### Resonant Frequency of 2 mass spring system

So the question goes if I has a spring with spring constant $k$ and two masses attached to this spring (one on either side) what is the resonant frequency of the system in terms of $m$ and $k$? ...
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### Is a spring shaped like a sine wave?

It's just a casual observation, so I wanted to check it: A regular spring, when not completely compressed, looks an awful lot like a sine wave. The idea of a circular shape stretched out in the third ...
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### mass attached to spring rotates in a horizontal circle [closed]

So here is the question I have: A mass of 2kg rotates at 1m/s in a horizontal circle on a table at the end of a spring with an elastic constant of 50N/m. If the original length of the spring is 2 ...
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### Hooke's Law and Simple Harmonic Motion

Can anyone explain how the following formula is derived and what it means? $$x'' = -n^2x$$ I was reading through my high school physics textbook and I stumbled upon a section on Hooke's Law. It says ...
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### Variation in spring constant with respect to the length and no. of coils

Do the spring constant depend upon the length of the spring? No. of coils? Like what happens to the spring constant if you cut it in the half?
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### Confused about relating spring force to maximum distance

I keep working through this problem and getting the wrong answer: A spring with spring constant k is positioned vertically and then compressed from its equilibrium length by a distance Î”y. A ...
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### Energy stored in a clothespin spring (non linear spring)

I was wondering how one would go about figuring out the energy stored in a spring in a clothespin. When opened the spring is deformed, but I don't have any intuition for why it gets stronger with ...
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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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### How is a mass, suspended vertically by two springs in parallel, kept stable? [closed]

Consider a mass suspended vertically from above by two springs in parallel with different spring constants. Wouldn't the tension be different in each spring? How is this system kept in equilibrium?
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### two object connected by a spring : momentum/energy topic [closed]

Here is my question below: Question Two objects A and B, connected by a light elastic spring with elastic constant 5.0 N/m, are initially at rest. The mass A is 2.0 kg and the mass B is 1.0 kg. ...
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### Distance between coils on a massive spring

I'm trying to calculate the separation between coils on a massive spring with no weights attached under different conditions. I will present my solution to the problem in the case of a uniform ...
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### Extension spring and permanent damage

Is there a way to calculate how far an extension spring can be extended before it suffers permanent damage? There are some online calculators, but how are they done? This calculator is the most ...
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### Equation for calculating spring costant

I'd like to design some of my own springs in order to obtain some very specific forces for a project. There are plenty of guides on how to make an arbitrary spring, but none I've read explain how to ...
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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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### Using gravitational potential energy and elastic potential energy in a problem?

This is a problem my professor worked on in class: The first thing he said was that we would use position 2 as the "reference height" and I'm not sure what that means exactly. He goes on to say ...
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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) - Mass(3)...
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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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### Spring with changing equilibrium

Suppose that we have two cars on a track, each with a different mass. Now suppose that the cars are connected with a spring. We smack one car. I would like to write down the equations of motion for ...
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### Modeling linear spring deformation in time

Suppose I had a spring (at equilibrium) and applied a certain force $F$, causing it to undergo elastic deformation. I know that by applying this specific force, hooke's law tells me that the spring ...
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### Eigenvalue equation for kinetic and potential energy

In Boas' Mathematical Methods there is a section on linear algebra in which it is stated that we can write the eigenvalue equation for a set of springs using the kinetic energy and the potential ...
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### Help with a bungee jumping question [closed]

Hi I have this question: Imagine that you have been given the job of desiging a new bungee jumping platform. Customers of mass 57.4 kg will step off a platform, attached to a rope of unstretched ...
A plank of length $l$ and mass $m$ is placed on two parallel springs, each with spring constant $k$ and equidistant from the plank's horizontal center of gravity. When the plank is displaced from it's ...