What is the natural length of a spring (in cm) which needs 6 Joules of work to stretch the length from 10cm to 12cm and another 10 Joules to stretch it from 12cm to 14cm?
I believe I solved it but a friend said the answer was wrong but I'm pretty sure mine is right. He says my technique is wrong but I don't know why it would be, it makes sense to me. Anyways, here my work:
Where k is the spring constant, x is force, and y is natural length.
I solve for both and since k is a constant make each equation equal which results in . My friend claims the answer is 8cm and he said he needed to use linear algebra or something silly like that. Hope you can clear things up for me!