Example #1: Energy in Horizontal Springs
Practice: A 4-kg block moving on a frictionless, horizontal surface with 20 m/s strikes a massless, horizontal spring of force constant 600 N/m. Calculate the maximum distance that the block will compress the spring by.
EXTRA: What maximum acceleration will the block experience? (hint: this happens when it temporarily stops).
Example #2: Springs in Rough Surfaces
Practice: A 4-kg block moving on a flat surface strikes a massless, horizontal spring of force constant 600 N/m with a 20 m/s. The block-surface coefficient of friction is 0.5. Calculate the maximum compression that the spring will experience.
Example #3: Energy in Vertical Springs
Example #4: Energy in Vertical Springs