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Conservation of Mechanical Energy

A black of mass m=750g is released from rest and slides down a frictionless track of height h=55.2cm. At the bottom of the track the block slides freely along a horizontal table until it hits a spring attached to a heavy, immovable wall. The spring compressed by 2.64cm at the maximum compression. What is the value of the spring constant k?

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Initially the mass had Potential Energy (PE) due to it's elevation. At the end of ...

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At the end of the motion, all this PE is converted into stored energy in the spring. This solution includes calculations.