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Cart rolling on table

  1. Jun 21, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    125N of force are required to compress a spring by 1.04m. The cart rolls across the table at a constant speed. It then rolls up an inclined board and comes to rest. How high above the table is the cart when it stops?


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  3. Jun 21, 2009 #2

    rock.freak667

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    Re: ??

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    Conservation of energy might aid you here.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2009 #3
    There's not enough information to make any calculations. But from what I can tell from the problem, it's just the conservation of spring energy to potential energy.
     
  5. Jun 21, 2009 #4
    well it moves at 9.3 m/s horizontally
     
  6. Jun 21, 2009 #5
    Then it's conservation of Kinetic Energy to Potential ....
     
  7. Jun 21, 2009 #6
    what's the formula for that?
     
  8. Jun 21, 2009 #7

    ideasrule

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    Well, kinetic energy is (1/2)mv^2 and potential energy is (1/2)kx^2. Have you seen these equations before?
     
  9. Jun 21, 2009 #8

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    Uhm I assume the spring-cart system is initially at rest. So then you want all the potential energy of the spring to be converted into gravitational pe (mgh). You need to get h.
     
  10. Jun 21, 2009 #9
    yeah, i just couldn't differentiate. Thank you
     
  11. Jun 21, 2009 #10

    ideasrule

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    Oops, I didn't read the question and assumed the potential energy bucher was talking about was spring potential energy. Apologies!
     
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