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Solution: An engineer is designing a spring to be placed at the bottom of an elevator shaft.If the elevator cable breaks when the elevator is at a height h above the top of the spring, calculate the value that the spring constant k should have so that passengers undergo an acceleration of no more than 7.0 g when brought to rest. Let M be the total mass of the elevator and passengers.

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An engineer is designing a spring to be placed at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

If the elevator cable breaks when the elevator is at a height h above the top of the spring, calculate the value that the spring constant k should have so that passengers undergo an acceleration of no more than 7.0 g when brought to rest. Let M be the total mass of the elevator and passengers.