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Posted by Diane on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 9:27am.

I have a question involving the spring costant:

A 2-kg block is attached to a horizontal ideal spring with a spring constant of 200N/m. When the spring has its equilibrium length the block is given a speed of 5 m/s. What is the maximum elongation of the spring? The answer is supposed to be in m.
I used 1/2mv^2=1/2KX^2, the answer I get is .5m which doesn't seem right.

Thank you



The word equilibrium is confusing here, so I am assuming as you did that the equilibrium length for a horizontal spring is its stretched length.

You used the correct relationship: max PE equals starting KE.
then if follows
x= v/sqrt k

I dont get your answer, I get less.

did u get .05m? i don't why i am getting that now

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