Simple Harmonic Motion (8 of 16): Hooke's Law, Example Problems  Summary and Q&A
TL;DR
This video explains Hooke's Law, which states that the force needed to extend or compress a spring is directly proportional to the distance it is extended or compressed. It also demonstrates how to graphically determine the spring constant using a simulation and how to use that information to determine the mass of unknown masses.
Key Insights
 🌸 Hooke's Law states that the force applied to a spring is directly proportional to the change in length of the spring.
 🌸 The spring constant measures the stiffness of a spring and is expressed in newtons per meter.
 🌸 The spring constant can be determined by graphing the force applied to a spring versus the change in length.
Transcript
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Questions & Answers
Q: What is Hooke's Law?
Hooke's Law states that the force needed to extend or compress a spring is directly proportional to the distance it is extended or compressed. It is expressed as fs = kx, where fs is the force on the spring, k is the spring constant, and x is the change in length.
Q: How is the spring constant determined?
The spring constant can be determined by graphing the force applied to a spring versus the change in length. The slope of the line on the graph represents the spring constant.
Q: What does the spring constant indicate?
The spring constant measures the stiffness of a spring. A higher spring constant indicates a stiffer spring, while a lower spring constant indicates a softer spring.
Q: How can the mass of unknown masses be determined using the spring constant?
Once the spring constant is known, the mass of unknown masses can be determined by measuring the change in length for each mass and using the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration due to gravity (F = mg).
Summary & Key Takeaways

The video starts with an introduction to Hooke's Law, which states that the force exerted on a spring is equal to the negative of the spring constant multiplied by the change in length of the spring.

It explains that the spring constant measures the stiffness of a spring and is expressed in newtons per meter.

The video then demonstrates how to determine the spring constant by graphing the force applied to a spring versus the change in length, and how to use that spring constant to calculate the mass of unknown masses.