Springs in Parallel and in Series

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A vibrating system with a mass (orange) attached with more than one spring can be arranged either in series or in parallel. The spring constants are , , and and the equivalent spring constant is . Using Hooke's law, the period of the system and the force are calculated for a displacement .

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (March 2011)
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For springs in parallel ; in series . In either case, .



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