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Homework Help: Help needed on Energy

  1. Jun 29, 2010 #1
    Physics Question regarding Work ( calculations of kinetic energy & potential energy )

    A Pendulum of mass 0.7kg is swinging . The maximum speed of the pendulum, where the
    pendulum's position is at it's lowest, is 2.0ms-1. Calculate the maximum kinetic energy of
    the pendulum and the maximum gravitational potential energy of the pendulum as it is at its greatest height.

    ok, youre understood, sorry yea first time using this ;x

    Relevant equations:
    Ek ( Kinetic Energy ) = 1/2mv²
    Ep ( Potential Energy ) = mgh

    The Attempted Solution :

    Ek = 1/2mv²
    = 1/2 x 0.7 x 2²
    = 1.4J

    Ep = m x g x h
    = ( 0.7 kg ) x 10m/s² ( i shall do a round-up ) x h ( unknown )

    i was stucked here as i cant get the value of 'h' o.o
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2010
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  3. Jun 29, 2010 #2


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  4. Jun 29, 2010 #3
    I'm not sure if my answer's correct, but I'd say the max. potential energy is the same as the max. kinetic energy because of the Law of the Conservation of Energy. ALL of the potential energy should be converted to kinetic energy, hence the max. kinetic energy = max. potential energy.
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