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 6-3 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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Jeff Phillips
Loyola Marymount University
Spring 2002