Determine the effective spring constant of the suspension system of a car. Consider a load of 4 passengers, each with a mass of 70 kg. The car suspension system consists of four identical springs, each with a spring constant k. When all four people get into the car, the tires are depressed by about Δx = 2.0 cm.

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Answer:The value of spring constant for each spring of the suspension system of a car K = 343.35Explanation:Total force on the springs = weight of the four passengers

⇒ F = 4 × 70 × 9.81

⇒ F = 2746.8 N

In the suspension system of the car the four springs are connected in parallel. So Equivalent spring constant is given by,

⇒ = 4 K ——– ( 1 )

Depression in the spring Δx = 2 cm

Now the force on the spring is given by

F = × Δx

⇒ =

⇒ = 1373.4

Now the spring constant for each spring =

⇒ K =

⇒ K = 343.35This is the value of spring constant for each spring of the suspension system of a car.