A spring with a constant of #4 (kg)/s^2# is lying on the ground with one end attached to a wall. An object with a mass of #2 kg# and speed of #1 m/s# collides with and compresses the spring until it stops moving. How much will the spring compress?
In theory all the Kinetic Energy of the object will be converted into Elastic Potential Energy so we can write:
rearranging and solving for the compression of the spring