How do I do this problem in Physics? (I'll do the work if shown how)?
If two identical springs are used in parallel (side by side) so that an applied force F stretches both springs simultaneously, will the spring constant for the combination be less than, equal to, or greater than the spring constant for the individual springs?
- Robert OLv 49 years agoFavorite Answer
They're trying to teach you to think analytically. The physics is a bonus!
If you attached them end to end the constant would be the same. Just one longer spring.
In parallel the springs are able to resist with the force of two springs. So, the spring constant would be double because you're using two springs.
BTW, the spring constant changes over distance...few things in life are constant. If you'll stay with these classes Calculus makes it a new game. Stay at it. You can do this!