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Posted by Kriti on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:15am.

I'm making a graph of force vs stretch for springs. I have 7 data trials with the k (F = kx) ranging from 28 to 31, average is 29.6.

Now I need to find the slope and write an equation for the graph. If I use the first two points to get the slope, I get a slope of 29.4. If I use the first point and the last point, I get a slope of 28. I understand the larger interval would give the best value, but using the first two points to compute it gives a slope closer to my "k" value. I know the slope is my spring constand or k value so they should be close.

Question is: which interval should I use: first and second points or first and last points to compute the slope.

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