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Posted by **J** on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 4:17am.

How does its final potential energy compare to its initial potential energy? (Give your answer as a ratio, final to initial.)

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**drwls**, Friday, October 15, 2010 at 6:11amYou need stretch and mass dimensions after your numbers. However, in this case we can answer it anyway.

Potential Energy of a spring is proportional to the square of the stretch (or compression) dimension. 3.6 is 25.7% of 14. The P.E. will be (0.257)^2 = 6.6% of the original maximum-stretch value. The rest (93.4%) of the original energy becomes kinetic energy at that point

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