An object is headed towards a spring at a constant velocity, no external force will act upon it, except for any force applied by the spring itself after the collision.
Let's say the spring is of arbitrary tension and arbitrary length.
My question is whether the kinetic energy of object will make a difference in how far the spring is compressed, or whether it is only a matter of momentum?
For example, below, Object1 and Object2 have the same momentum, but Object2 has twice the kinetic energy. Would they compress the spring the same distance, or would Object2 compress it further?
Object1 has a mass of 1kg and a velocity of 1m/s.
Object2 has a mass of .25kg and a velocity of 4m/s.
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