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Sciencelover91

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## Homework Statement

In the diagram above, a box of mass .385 kg is sliding at the right at 1.55 m/s across a frictionless surface when it falls into the hole shown.

a) How fast is it moving when it passes point P?

b) How fast is the box moving when it passes through the bottom of the hole the first time? What about the second time?

c) To what vertical height does it rise on the right side?

d) How far along the 45 degree incline does it slide?

## Homework Equations

Ug (Gravitational Potential energy) = mgh

Kinetic Energy (KE) = .5 x m x vfinal^2

vfinal^2= vinitial^2 +2a x displacement

## The Attempt at a Solution

a) I did (.385kg)(9.81m/s^2)(1.25m) and got 4.72 J and set that equal to the kinetic energy equation (4.72 J = .5(.385kg)v^2 ) and got 4.96m/s^2.

However, I was told that the height I might be the displacement between the heights which is .8 to get a velocity of 3.96, I wondering why potential energy and kinetic energy are equal and why I used .8?

b) Using the 3.96 m/s from part a, I did v^2 = (3.96m/s)^2 +2(9.81m/s^2)(1.25m) = 6.34 m/s. I don't know why I use 1.25 m though and what the question means by a second time. Does it mean it goes to the right side and slide back down?

c & d) I don't know how to approach c or d so I wanted to ask for any hints please?

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