# Conservative/ Non conservative forces problem

by shaggyace
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 P: 11 Im kind of struggling with some conservative/nonconservative force problems. Someone please help me. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A 1.8 kg rock is released from rest at the surface of a pond 1.8 m deep. As the rock falls, a constant upward force of 4.3 N is exerted on it by water resistance. Let y=0 be at the bottom of the pond. Calculate the nonconservative work, W nc, done by water resistance on the rock, the gravitational potential energy of the system, U, the kinetic energy of the rock, K , and the total mechanical energy of the system, E , when the depth of the rock below the water's surface is 0 . 2. Relevant equations W=Fd K=0.5(mv)^2 U=mgd E=U+K Wnc=ΔE=Ef-Ei 3. The attempt at a solution I've been going at this one for almost an hour now. I tried finding the final velocity of the rock first since it starts from rest so that I can find its kinetic energy. To find its non conservative work done by water resistance, I used the Work =force *distance formula and multiplied the force of the water resistance by 1.8 m, but that doesn't seem right. To find its gravitational potential energy, I used the U=mgd formula but got the wrong answer for some reason. For the kinetic energy, I used K=0.5(mv)^2 and used the velocity from the first calculation. To find the total mechanical energy, I added up the potential and kinetic energies. Did I do something wrong? Someone please help me.
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 Quote by shaggyace Im kind of struggling with some conservative/nonconservative force problems. Someone please help me. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A 1.8 kg rock is released from rest at the surface of a pond 1.8 m deep. As the rock falls, a constant upward force of 4.3 N is exerted on it by water resistance. Let y=0 be at the bottom of the pond. Calculate the nonconservative work, W nc, done by water resistance on the rock, the gravitational potential energy of the system, U, the kinetic energy of the rock, K , and the total mechanical energy of the system, E , when the depth of the rock below the water's surface is 0 . 2. Relevant equations W=Fd K=0.5(mv)^2 U=mgd E=U+K Wnc=ΔE=Ef-Ei 3. The attempt at a solution I've been going at this one for almost an hour now. I tried finding the final velocity of the rock first since it starts from rest so that I can find its kinetic energy.
Starting with the final velocity of the rock is not the easiest way to solve this problem. That said, there's nothing keeping you from starting that way, and it may even be useful later to double check your work. What answer did you get? Please show your work of how you got your answer.
 Quote by shaggyace To find its non conservative work done by water resistance, I used the Work =force *distance formula and multiplied the force of the water resistance by 1.8 m, but that doesn't seem right.
Why not?
 Quote by shaggyace To find its gravitational potential energy, I used the U=mgd formula but got the wrong answer for some reason.