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

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How is potential energy actually stored in a steel spring at the atomic level?

Elasticity is one the most intriguing phenomena, wiki gives a summary explanation of what happens in a steel spring: the atomic lattice changes size and shape when forces are applied (energy is ...
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Is there a deep reason why springs combine like capacitors?

I was solving a practice Physics GRE and there was a question about springs connected in series and parallel. I was too lazy to derive the way the spring constants add in each case. But I knew how ...
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Is the spring constant k changed when you divide a spring into parts?

I've always been taught that the spring constant $k$ is a constant — that is, for a given spring, $k$ will always be the same, regardless of what you do to the spring. My friend's physics ...
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Why does a ball bounce lower?

If a ball hits the floor after an acceleration then why does it bounces lower? I mean the Energy is passed to the floor then why does the floor give back less Energy?
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Slinky base does not immediately fall due to gravity

Why does the base of this slinky not fall immediately to gravity? My guess is tension in the springs is a force > mass*gravity but even then it is dumbfounding.
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What will be different if the spring is not massless?

In almost all text, it uses the massless spring as example to illustrate the idea of elastic potential energy. I wonder what's really being changed if we consider the mass of the spring? I saw a ...
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How much force is in a keystroke? (estimated, of course)?

I'm a software developer, and I need to calculate the estimated amount of force expended typing stored text. Preferrably in some interesting way. (i.e. the force exerted on keys thus far is enough to ...
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What can be known about the formulas for energy only from the fact that it is conserved?

The question is to figure out how the energy can be derived knowing just one thing: There is a quantity called Energy that is conserved over time. The goal is to get an equation that somehow ...
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Forget Hooke's law. Why does a spring exert a force?

Forgetting Hooke's law for a minute why, from a microscopic perspective (preferably quantum) on up to a macroscopic one, does a spring under tension exert a force? I was thinking that there might be ...
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How far does a trampoline vertically deform based on the mass of the object?

If a baseball is dropped on a trampoline, the point under the object will move a certain distance downward before starting to travel upward again. If a bowling ball is dropped, it will deform further ...
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Nonuniform acceleration due to rubber rope

What I want: I have a rubber rope which is $5m$ in length when not stressed and is able to stretch about $100\%$ (to $10m$ long). I want to accelerate a constant mass horizontally, which has ...
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Forced harmonic oscillator with two springs

Consider a vertical system of two springs in series, with a mass(50 g) between them. From below the system is driven by a vibration generator. The setup is shown here, but the picture is taken while ...
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Finding coefficient of proportionality

Recently in my AP Physics class I did a lab in which I measured k for a spring by setting up an oscillating system with it, and timing the period, repeating for different masses. Since ...
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How does the shape (form; not cross-section) of a spring impact performance?

Cylindrical compression springs are everywhere and then some applications choose other forms like rectangular or unique polygonal form. What impact does the form of a compression spring have and how ...
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How does spring constant change with resistivity changes

I want to create a set of silicon based materials that have been doped with different materials and/or different amounts of dopants. The purpose of this is to see how the spring constant of silicon ...
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Tricky spring on a surface question

I have this relative simple-looking question that I haven't been able to solve for hours now, it's one of those questions that just drive you nuts if you don't know how to do it. This is the scenario: ...
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Wrong calculation of work done on a spring, how is it wrong?

So I would have thought that this would be how you derive the work on a spring: basically the same way you do with gravity and other contexts, use $$W=\vec{F}\cdot \vec{x}.$$ If you displace a spring ...
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Potential energy of a spring

I'm puzzled about the potential energy of a spring. A spring is a conservative system. So the potential energy should be defined only up to a constant -- can be defined to be 0 anywhere. However, ...
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Hooke's Law question

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 ...
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Why is the damping force on a spring oscillator linearly dependent on velocity?

If you consider the damping force is friction like in: then the force should be $$F=\mu N$$ where $\mu$ is the coefficient of kinetic friction. Why then is the damping force assumed to be linearly ...
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Faster than critical damping for harmonic oscillator?

The image below shows damping for spring oscillator with Hooke law F=-kx and damped with F=-cv where: k is spring constant x is oscillator position c is damping coefficient v is velocity of oscillator ...
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What is the effective spring rate of a magnetic spring

Consider a magnetic spring as seen on this YouTube video, but ignore gravity. If I wanted to calculate the effective spring rate (Force vs. Deflection) curve for the top magnet, how would I go by ...
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If you place a spring on a neodymium hard-drive magnet, it appears to vibrate in slow-motion. Why is that so?

By chance(playing around really) I saw that a spring(mainly from a pen) placed on a neodymium hard-disk magnet(and then flicked by your finger at the top) makes a nice-effect (see youtube video ). It ...
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What is the mathematical justification for the quadratic approximation to the energy of a spring in a one-dimensional lattice?

It follows easily from this draw, the length $l$ of this spring as a function of the vertical distance $x$, as $l(x)=\sqrt{1+x^{2}}$ Now, $l$ can be expressed as a MacLaurin expansion: $$l(x) = ...
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How to calculate the new positions of other vertices in spring-mass system graph, when one vertex is actively moved by the user?

I am developing an android based game. I have 10 soldiers uniformly spaced in the scene using some kind of formation. Example - banks of 3 3 and 4 or banks of 4 4 2 or banks of 4 2 and 4 etc... Now ...
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What is the significance of clamping the center of the spring?

7. A block is hung on a spring, and the frequency $f$ of the oscillation of the system is measured. The block, a second identical block, and the spring are carried in the Space Shuttle to space. ...
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Is 'restoring force' a particular type of force?

I have a question about the restoring force in elastic band or rope which confusing me for a long time. As I was told in high school physics, for an elastic band (or spring), if Hooke's law holds, we ...
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oscillations of blocks connected by a spring

Imagine two blocks of masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ joined together by a spring of spring constant $K$. Now let the spring be stretched by a distance $X$ and then the system is released. suppose during the ...
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Solve spring system

I am not physics in training so if anything is unclear please request clarification. I have a set of objects to be placed on a line, linked with springs of known lengths (L) and stiffnesses (K). I ...
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Two masses attached to a spring

I'm trying to understand the solution of the following problem. Two masses $m_{1}$ and $m_{2}$ slide freely in a horizontal frictionless track and are connected by a spring whose force constant is ...
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Why does a spring lose its energy when compressed for a long time?

Why does a spring lose a part of its energy when compressed for a long period of time? Is it because the material gets bent?
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Modeling a two-mass, spring, damper system

I'm trying to model a system with two masses, two springs, two dampers, and one applied force using transfer functions. I'll then be inputting it into Simulink. The system looks like this but there ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...