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Potential Energy of Springs


t_hess10

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Although you don't see many examples of springs throughout our daily lives, one big example is the springs for our cars. You can determine the potential energy of a spring by using the equation PEs = (1/2)kx^2. For example, if a car has a spring constant of 30,000N/m and the spring compresses .1m after landing on the ground, you can determine it's potential energy by multiplying. So, (1/2)(30,000N/m)(.1m)^2 = 150J.

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