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Hooke's Law

 

"The power (sic.) of any springy body is in the same proportion with the extension."

Hooke's Law can best be explained as the relationship between the force exerted on the mass and its position (x).  The object with mass that is on a frictionless surface and is attached to a spring of which the constant is (k).  The force exerted by the spring is relative to the spring's compression or expansion, making the force in question a function of the mass' position.  Any object which undergoes slight displacement from a stable point of equilibrium will oscillate about its equilibrium's position, undergoing a restoring force that is relative to its displacement from its stable point of equilibrium.

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