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Homework Help: Physics-Help, confused!

Posted by Jennifer on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8:36pm.

A .20 kg ball is attached to a vertical spring. The spring constant is 28 N/m. The ball is supported initially so that the spring is neither stretched or compressed, is released from rest. How far does the ball fall before brought to a momentary stop by the spring?

Our teacher gave us a hint:
PE+KE=PE+KE

But I think that there is something missing, perhaps subscripts (initial and final). And if that's the case, then, I'll get PE=PE.

Also, someone else in class explained that PE=mgh and solved the problem, but I do not know how she got .5 for h.

Please help, so confused. Thank you.

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