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Problem 5.14: A ball is fired at a block connected to a spring

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A ball on a frictionless table is fired at a block that is connected to a very light spring as shown (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds). Restart.

  1. For each animation, draw the force vs. time graph for the orange ball.
  2. Suppose you wanted to determine x(t) for the orange ball. Are Newton's laws an effective way to determine x(t) for the orange ball? Why or why not?

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