# Car accelerating on ramp - power of engine

1. Homework Statement

A car accelerates at 1 m/s^2 up a ramp which makes an angle of 5 degrees with the horizontal. Ignoring friction and air resistance what fraction of the power the engine puts into the car's motion goes into the car's kinetic energy?

2. Homework Equations

3. The Attempt at a Solution

I don't know how to attempt this problem I know the answer is 54% because this is a review problem for my test which is coming up, but how is power related to kinetic energy?

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Power is energy (or work) per second.

Where is the energy from the engine going apart from into kinetic energy, KE?

some would have to be going into potential energy right? theres no friction or air resistance so nothing else could be taking energy

well I got to the correct answer I decided to measure the problem after the car had traveled 1 meter, used kinematics to find the final speed then put

KE/(KE+PE) and it worked out because the masses canceled out and i got .538 which is correct will the method always work out if there is no friction or any other forces to worry about. It seems like this isn't the correct way to do it.

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