This is part of my Calc2 homework that the professor hasn't discussed.
"If a spring needs 10lbs of work in order to keep it stretched 4 inches from it's natural length, how much work is need it to stretch it to 6 inches from it's natural length?"
According to the book, the best method is to use Hooke's Law ( ), but I'm having some trouble applying it.
I'm going to assume that the natural length is and stretching it inches would give me . The force needed to keep it here is denoted by , having .
So, would I have: , so that ?
If that's correct, then all that's left is the integral:
Thank you for your help!