The model is a car with weights dropping from certain height and propels the car forwards. (Some GPE converted to KE knowledge involved.) And the question is to find a theoretic maximum velocity (final velocity) as the mass of car/weight and the height of weights are constant. All the frictions are not taking in consideration. We know the distance(s) and the time (t), also the M (mass of weights) and the H(height of weights).
What I did is to measure the running time of car and the distance the car traveled within this time. Therefore, the work has done is completely equal to the kinetic energy. W=KE=GPE=mgh. (Due to the formula W=Fd, the force can be calculated. Then F=ma, acceleration of car has worked out. Finally the V, by Vt=V0+at, is calculated.
The Attempt at a Solution
My question is that is this the easiest way to solve it? Is there any other method that can work without thinking so many procedures?