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Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics
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Two identical horizontal springs are attached to opposite sides of a box that sits on a frictionless table. The outer ends of the springs are clamped while the springs are at their equilibrium lengths. Then a force applied to the box, parallel to the springs, compresses one spring by while stretching the other by the same amount. What is the spring constant of the springs?

The value of spring constant is .

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Content Introduction

Hooke's law says the force applied on spring is directly proportional to deformation in the spring.

Here, is force applied on spring, is spring constant, is deformation in the spring.

Step 2: Content Explanation

As we know two springs are identical therefore, spring constant for both springs is same.

Total deformation in spring is

Use Hooke's law


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