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... Law Laboratory Report Background Hooke’s Law is a basic physics principle that opines that the force required to extend or compress a spring by some distance is proportional to that distance. (Bueche, 1980)
Robert Hooke, a British physicist, was the first to report on the relation between the force exerted on a spring and its deformation. He defined the relation as “the extension is proportional to the force”.
If a weight, W = mg, is hung from one end of an ordinary spring, causing it to stretch a distance x, then an equal and opposite force, F, is created in the spring which opposes the pull of the weight. If W is not so large as to permanently distort the spring, then this force, F, will restore t...