1. spring constant

A light spring which has a force constant of 8N/m is cut into two equal parts . What is the force constant for each part ??

isnt that each part has a force constant of 8N/m ??

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3. Originally Posted by thereddevils
A light spring which has a force constant of 8N/m is cut into two equal parts . What is the force constant for each part ??

isnt that each part has a force constant of 8N/m ??
$\displaystyle k = 8$ N/m

that means if you apply $\displaystyle 8$ N of force, the spring stretches $\displaystyle 1$ m

cut the spring in half ... attach them with a light non-stretchable string.

apply a force of 8N. Each piece stretches $\displaystyle 0.5$ m

the force in each spring "piece" is 8N

$\displaystyle k_{each \, piece} = \frac{F}{x} = \frac{8}{.5} = 16$ N/m

for two springs in series, the effective force constant of a single spring equivalent to the two is

$\displaystyle k_{eff} = \frac{k_1 \cdot k_2}{k_1 + k_2}$

$\displaystyle k_{eff} = \frac{16 \cdot 16}{16 + 16} = \frac{16^2}{2 \cdot 16} = 8$ N/m