A force

Question

A force applied to a spring compresses the spring 13 cm, storing a certain amount of elastic potential energy. Then a larger force is applied to compress the spring a total of 26 cm. How does the elastic potential energy stored in the spring after it is compressed 26 cm compare to the elastic potential energy stored in the spring after it was compressed 13 cm?

A. The elastic energy stored in the spring when compressed 26 cm is the same as when it is compressed 13 cm.

B. The elastic energy stored in the spring when compressed 26 cm is twice as much as when the spring is compressed 13 cm.

C. The elastic energy stored in the spring when compressed 26 cm is four times as much as when the spring is compressed 13 cm.

Why? Can you explain please and thank you.

 
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