Bodies with potential energy

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am struggling with this question. It goes like this:

    A rubber ball is dropped on to flat ground from a height of 2m.
    (a) Calculate how long it takes for the ball to first hit the ground.

    (b)The ball loses 10% of its kinetic energy at each bounce. Calculate the time taken for the ball to come to rest.

    I am able to solve the first part using equation of motion.
    S=UT +0.5aT^2

    I am not sure of the second part.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. tiny-tim

    tiny-tim 26,016
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    hi aurao2003! :wink:
    find the initial velocity, immediately after the first bounce, and use that to find the time between the first and second bounces

    then do the same for all the bounces, and add them …

    what do you get? :smile:
  4. It seems to be forming a geometric progression. Is that right?
  5. tiny-tim

    tiny-tim 26,016
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    s'right! :biggrin:
  6. Cheers!
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thead via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?