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What are the units for the spring constant k?

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What are the units for the spring constant k?

Spring Constant:

The spring constant is a measure of how much force is needed to compress a material. A material with a large spring constant is very stiff and thus requires a large amount of force to compress it. Conversely, a material with a small spring constant is very pliable and compresses easily.

Answer and Explanation:

The units for the spring constant, k, are Newtons per meter (N/m). Hooke's law equation states that F = kx, where F is the force required to compress...

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Hooke's Law & the Spring Constant: Definition & Equation

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