Problem 16.3: A ball attached to a spring: velocity vs. time graph

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A 1-kg ball on an air track is attached to a compressed spring as shown in the animation (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds). Restart.

  1. Determine which graph properly shows the velocity of the ball in the x direction as a function of time.
  2. Write down the equation for vx(t).
  3. What is the total mechanical energy of the system?

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