|Feb13-08, 10:00 AM||#1|
Graph of Kinetic Energy v. Displacement of a Falling Object
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Draw and label a graph with energy for the y axis and displacement for the x axis of the kinetic energy and potential energy of an object in free-fall that started with a horizontal speed of 30 m/s from a height of 80 m.
2. Relevant equations
3. The attempt at a solution
I drew a straight line with negative slope for potential energy because m and g are constants in U=mgh, so it should be a linear graph, as for kinetic energy, I am sitting on the fence on whether or not to draw a straight line or a curve The v^2 makes me want to draw a curve, however, if the the potential energy is a straight line and K = E - U, then shouldn't k be directly proportional to displacement as well?
|Feb13-08, 10:12 AM||#2|
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Why not use a bit of kinematics to double check? What's the relationship between v (or v^2) and displacement for a falling object?
|Feb13-08, 11:28 AM||#3|
but since initial velocity in the y direction is 0
and since -2g is a constant, v^2 is directly proportional to displacement, and thus kinetic energy is directly proportional to displacement!
Thanks Doc Al!
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