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Kinetic Energy problem... i think..

by nlsed
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nlsed
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Mar4-09, 06:56 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

What takes more energy? Accelerating a car from 10-20m/s or from 20-30m/s? Why?

2. Relevant equations



3. The attempt at a solution

Since KE = 1/2mv^2, I suppose the higher the velocity is the more kinetic energy the car will have, but I have no clue how to solve this problem.
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LowlyPion
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Mar4-09, 07:33 PM
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Won't the bigger change in kinetic energy require the greater energy?
You know that conservation of energy thing?

Plug in the numbers.
lubuntu
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Mar4-09, 07:36 PM
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then change in kinetic energy equals the work done, which one requires more work?

nlsed
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Mar4-09, 07:40 PM
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Kinetic Energy problem... i think..

so is this right? since m is constant it is just 1kg

1/2mv2
1/2(1kg)(10m/s)2 = 50 joules
1/2(1kg)(20m/s)2 = 200 joules
1/2(1kg)(30m/s)2 = 450 joules

KE for (10-20m/s) = 150 joules
KE for (20-30m/s) = 250 joules

So accelerating from 20-30m/s requires 100 more joules of energy?
LowlyPion
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Mar4-09, 08:15 PM
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So accelerating from 20-30m/s requires 100 more joules of energy?
That should do it.
nlsed
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Mar4-09, 08:34 PM
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Thank you very much!!!


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