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Energy Stored in a Spring

The force exerted by an unusual spring when it is compressed a distance x from equilibrium is given by F = -kx-cx^3, where k=220 N/m and c=3.6 N/m^3. Find the energy stored in this spring when it has been compressed by 15 cm.

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This solution contains step-by-step calculations to determine the energy stored in the spring when it is compressed by 15 cm by finding the work done.