Problem 7.10: A spring gun
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A spring gun is loaded with a 500-gram projectile (position is given in centimeters and time is given in seconds). The spring is massless and therefore has no kinetic energy. Restart.
- How much potential energy is converted to kinetic energy in the spring gun?
- How much potential energy has been converted to kinetic energy when the ball is at the following positions: -5 cm, -4 cm, -3 cm, -2 cm, -1 cm, and 0 cm?
- Plot the potential energy of the spring as a function of distance.