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Grade 12 University physics

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A 1.2kg block is dropped from 48cm above a spring in equilibrium. The force constant for the spring is 124N/m. Calculate the maximum compression in the spring.

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    If X is maximum spring compression, and H is the height from which the block falls (0.48 m), conservation of energy tell you that
    M g (H + X) = (1/2) k X^2
    where k is the spring's force constant.

    Solve for X

    Take the positive root of the resulting quadratic equation.

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