A ball with a mass of #360 g# is projected vertically by a spring loaded contraption. The spring in the contraption has a spring constant of #8 (kg)/s^2# and was compressed by #4/3 m# when the ball was released. How high will the ball go?

1 Answer
May 10, 2017

Answer:

The height is #=2.0m#

Explanation:

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The spring constant is #k=8kgs^-2#

The compression is #x=4/3m#

The potential energy in the spring is

#PE=1/2*8*(4/3)^2=64/9J#

This potential energy will be converted to kinetic energy when the spring is released and to potential energy of the ball

#KE_(ball)=1/2m u^2#

Let the height of the ball be #=h #

Then ,

The potential energy of the ball is #PE_(ball)=mgh#

#PE_(ball)=64/9=0.36*9.8*h#

#h=64/9*1/(0.36*9.8)#

#=2.0m#