# Potential energy stored in an ideal spring

If you hold a stretched ideal (and therefore massless) spring with your hand (other end of the spring being fixed to a rigid support) and release it, the potential energy of the spring decreases but since sprjng is massless therefore increase in kinetic energy of the spring is also zero.So where does the potential energy go.

• There are no massless springs. Dec 24, 2015 at 9:09
• @CuriousOne9 In physics we assume spring to be massless and still applies conservation of energy Dec 24, 2015 at 9:20
• I always work with massive springs which have a mass that can be neglected compared to the masses they attach to. That way I can avoid your problem altogether and I never have to postulate things that don't exist. Dec 24, 2015 at 9:33

A mass less spring is a concept more than a real thing.

This concept is used to mathematically describe a situation in which some energy is stored, and can be released, to turn into a force acting on some mass. this mass can be some other mass attached to the spring, or the mass of the spring itself.

So mathematically speaking, if you had a mass less spring, it would gain infinite acceleration, but this is not physically possible.