Physics 101 Introduction to Mechanics 

February 18 Applications of Newton's Laws  



Springs
& Hooke's Law
Why is Hookeís law so important? After all, there are only so many places where you see springs. The truth is that it is a useful approximation that holds true in many systems, including intermolecular forces. Look at example 63 as it has nice data showing the linear relationship of N versus x. Hooke's Law is an empirical relationship that holds for most springs as long as they are not deformed. How would you describe a spring that has
a large spring constant?


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