Hooke’s Law

Hooke’s Law                                  

  • $F = -k \Delta x$
  • States that within the limit of proportionality, the extension produced in a material is directly proportional to the load applied
  • SI unit of k: Nm-1
  • $\uparrow$ k( Higher stiffness), $\downarrow$ extension
  • Applies to springs, elastic springs and metals in form of wires


Springs connected in parallel

$k_{eff} \, = \, k_{1} + k_{2} + \, …$


Springs connected in series

$\frac{1}{k_{eff}} = \frac{1}{k_{1}} + \frac{1}{k_{2}} + \, …$

  • Same load, less extension compared to series


Elastic potential energy stored in wire or spring (Amount of work stored)

$W = \frac{1}{2} k_{eff} X^{2}$


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