Work and Energy 8.3: Additional Problem 3

 

Description

A  ball on an air track is attached to a compressed  spring (at x=0 the spring is unstretched) as shown in the animation (position is in meters and time is in seconds). 

Question

Which area properly represents the work done by the spring during the animation (assume v=0 at the beginning and end of the animation)?  Start

Answer

Graph 3.

Reference

See Giancoli-PA: 6-3, Giancoli-SE: 7-4.

Credits

Physlet problem authored by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni.

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