# How much does the car move down on its spring suspension?

A passenger railroad car has a total of 8 wheels. Springs on each wheel compress--slightly--when the car is loaded. Ratings for the car give stiffness per wheel (the spring constant, treating the entire spring assembly as a single spring) as 2.8×10^7 N/m.
When 30 passengers, each with average mass of 80 kg, board...
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A passenger railroad car has a total of 8 wheels. Springs on each wheel compress--slightly--when the car is loaded. Ratings for the car give stiffness per wheel (the spring constant, treating the entire spring assembly as a single spring) as 2.8×10^7 N/m.

When 30 passengers, each with average mass of 80 kg, board the car, how much does the car move down on its spring suspension? Assume that each wheel supports 1/8 the weight of the car.

When 30 passengers, each with average mass of 80 kg, board the car, how much does the car move down on its spring suspension? Assume that each wheel supports 1/8 the weight of the car.

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