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Homework Help: K=1/2mv^2 simple physics question

  1. Feb 22, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A ball whose mass is 8kg travels at a velocity [PLAIN]https://s3.lite.msu.edu/adm/jsMath/fonts/cmsy10/alpha/144/char68.png22,79,6[PLAIN]https://s3.lite.msu.edu/adm/jsMath/fonts/cmsy10/alpha/144/char69.pngm[PLAIN]https://s3.lite.msu.edu/adm/jsMath/fonts/cmmi10/alpha/144/char3D.pngs. [Broken] What is the rest energy of the ball?

    2. Relevant equations

    K=1/2 mv^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    K=1/2 (8) v^2

    Im not sure what to do with velocity since its in vector form, I tried taking the magnitude of it but that was incorrect.
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  3. Feb 22, 2015 #2


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    The problem is asking for the 'rest energy' of the ball. I don't think you need to know the velocity of the ball in order to calculate its rest energy.
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  4. Feb 23, 2015 #3


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    Unless the mass given is based on the speed given, but it's a speed so subluminal the difference will be minute.
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