Problem: You are asked to design a spring that will give a 1160 kg satellite a speed of 2.85 m/s relative to an orbiting space shuttle. Your spring is to give the satellite a maximum acceleration of 5.00g. The springs mass, the recoil kinetic energy of the shuttle, and changes in gravitational potential energy will all be negligible.You may want to review (Pages 217 - 221). For related problemsolving tips and strategies, you may want to view a Video Tutor Solution of Motion with elastic potential energy.What must the force constant of the spring be?What distance must the spring be compressed?

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You are asked to design a spring that will give a 1160 kg satellite a speed of 2.85 m/s relative to an orbiting space shuttle. Your spring is to give the satellite a maximum acceleration of 5.00g. The springs mass, the recoil kinetic energy of the shuttle, and changes in gravitational potential energy will all be negligible.

You may want to review (Pages 217 - 221).

For related problemsolving tips and strategies, you may want to view a Video Tutor Solution of Motion with elastic potential energy.

What must the force constant of the spring be?

What distance must the spring be compressed?

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