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Lesson: Elasticity Problems

Worksheet: Elasticity Problems • 5 Questions


A student’s backpack, full of textbooks, is hung from a spring scale attached to the ceiling of an elevator. When the elevator is accelerating downward at 3.8 m/s2, the scale reads 60 N.

What is the mass of the backpack?

What does the scale read if the elevator moves upward while slowing down at a rate 3.8 m/s2?

What does the scale read if the elevator moves upward at constant velocity?

If the elevator had no brakes and the cable supporting it were to break loose so that the elevator could fall freely, what would the spring scale read?


An archer pulls the string of a bow back by 0.50 m, creating a tension of 150 N in the string. The mass of the arrow is 0.050 kg and the bowstring’s mass is negligible. What is the speed of the arrow after the bowstring is released and has returned to its equilibrium length? Assume that the force of the stretched bowstring on the arrow behaves like the force exerted by an extended spring and assume air resistance is negligible.


In the reality television show “Amazing Race,” a contestant is firing 12-kg watermelons from a slingshot to hit targets down the field. The slingshot is pulled back 1.5 m and the watermelon is considered to be at ground level. The launch point is 0.30 m from the ground and the targets are 10 m horizontally away. Calculate the spring constant of the slingshot.


When a 3.0 kg block is pushed against a massless spring of force constant constant N/m, the spring is compressed 8.0 cm. The block is released, and it slides 2.0 m (from the point at which it is released) across a horizontal surface before friction stops it. What is the coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the surface?


In the Hunger Games movie, Katniss Everdeen fires a 0.0200-kg arrow from ground level to pierce an apple up on a stage. The spring constant of the bow is 330 N/m and she pulls the arrow back a distance of 0.550 m. The apple on the stage is 5.00 m higher than the launching point of the arrow.

At what speed does the arrow leave the bow?

At what speed does the arrow strike the apple?