## ind the distance traveled by the ball

A ceramic ball of mass m falls form rest a distance h[0] above a horizontal ceramic surface. The subsequent motion of the ball is purely vertical, bouncing ONLY on one spot on the surface. If the coefficient of restitution between the ball and surface halves after every bounce, find the distance traveled by the ball when the ball hits the surface for the third time.

is the distance travelled 0? because the ball only bounces at one spot?

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 Quote by corpuzdawn is the distance travelled 0? because the ball only bounces at one spot?
NO, they want you to find the vertical distance travelled by the ball.

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 Quote by corpuzdawn If the coefficient of restitution between the ball and surface halves after every bounce.
My guess is this should be "the coefficient of restitution results in the height of the ball being halved after every bounce". The coeffiecient is constant, but the height of the ball is halved on each bounce. If the coefficient is halved, then you'd need to know the initial coefficient of restitution on the first bounce.

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## ind the distance traveled by the ball

 Quote by rcgldr My guess is this should be "the coefficient of restitution results in the height of the ball being halved after every bounce". The coeffiecient is constant, but the height of the ball is halved on each bounce. If the coefficient is halved, then you'd need to know the initial coefficient of restitution on the first bounce.
Take care here.
If the coefficient of restitution is 0.5 then the velocity will be halved. What does that say about the Kinetic Energy remaining and what does that say about the Height of the subsequent bounce?

 Quote by sophiecentaur Take care here. If the coefficient of restitution is 0.5 then the velocity will be halved. What does that say about the Kinetic Energy remaining and what does that say about the Height of the subsequent bounce?
if the velocity is halved.. the KE is also halved... which means... the height is quartered?
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 oops. sorry. KE= [1/2]mv^2 so... the KE is quartered?
 Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor That's better. So height is a quarter, too. Mgh = KE
 so that's the answer? the distance traveled is... h[0]/4
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 Quote by rcgldr My guess is this should be "the coefficient of restitution results in the height of the ball being halved after every bounce". The coeffiecient is constant, but the height of the ball is halved on each bounce. If the coefficient is halved, then you'd need to know the initial coefficient of restitution on the first bounce.
 Quote by sophiecentaur If the coefficient of restitution is 0.5 then the velocity will be halved. What does that say about the Kinetic Energy remaining and what does that say about the Height of the subsequent bounce?
Sorry for my somwhat confusing response, Cr (coefficient of restitution) = ratio of (speed after bounce) / (speed before bounce) or sqrt( (height after bounce) / (height before bounce) ).

The issue I was trying to point out is tha the OP states that Cr is halved on each bounce, versus stating that the speed or the height was being halved on each bounce. My guess is that the original problem meant that the speed (Cr = .5) or the height (Cr = sqrt(.5) ~= .7071) was halved on each bounce, not the Cr itself.
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 Quote by sophiecentaur That's better. So height is a quarter, too. Mgh = KE
why is KE=mgh? is it PE=mgh?
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 sorry... but I always thought that mgh is PE. why is KE=mgh again?
 Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor Oh I see what you mean. The KE becomes mgh (at the top) was what I meant. (conservation)

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