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Posted by Jin on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 8:28pm.

In Figure (a), a block of mass m lies on a horizontal frictionless surface and is attached to one end of a horizontal spring (spring constant k) whose other end is fixed. The block is initially at rest at the position where the spring is unstretched (x = 0) when a constant horizontal force vector F in the positive direction of the x axis is applied to it. A plot of the resulting kinetic energy of the block versus its position x is shown in Figure (b). The scale of the figure's vertical axis is set by Ks = 2.4 J and the scale of the figure's horizontal axis is set by xmax = 2.8 m.
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| Ks| / \
a) |xxxx[] b) |/ \x=2.8m
<----x=0---->

figure a) a box connected to the wall by a spring.

figure b) a graph of K over x where K is 0 at x=0 and at x = 2.8. Ks = 2.4 J

1) What is the magnitude of F?
2) What is k(spring coefficient)?

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