Kinetic Energy and Velocity

In summary, the problem is asking for the kinetic energy and velocity at the bottom of a drop where a ball at the top has 15 J of potential energy, neglecting air resistance. The equation for kinetic energy is KE=(1/2)(m)(v2) and the mass of the ball is needed to solve the problem accurately. Without the mass, it is impossible to determine the velocity at the bottom of the drop. Additionally, the height from which the ball was dropped may also impact the results.
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Homework Statement



A ball at the top of its drop has 15 J of potential energy, neglecting air resistance, what is the kinetic energy at the bottom of the drop? What is the velocity?

Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution


Because the problem is asking for the kinetic energy and velocity at the bottom of the drop, I guessed that both the kinetic energy and velocity would be 0.
 
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Ki-nana18 said:

Homework Statement



A ball at the top of its drop has 15 J of potential energy, neglecting air resistance, what is the kinetic energy at the bottom of the drop? What is the velocity?

Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution


Because the problem is asking for the kinetic energy and velocity at the bottom of the drop, I guessed that both the kinetic energy and velocity would be 0.

Energy is conserved. So you must have 15 J of energy at every position during the drop.
What is the equation for kinetic energy? And were you given mass the mass of the ball?
 
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The equation for kinetic energy is KE=(1/2)(m)(v2). I was not given the mass of the ball.
 
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Ki-nana18 said:
The equation for kinetic energy is KE=(1/2)(m)(v2). I was not given the mass of the ball.

Unless I am missing something then you need that... the mass of the ball.

Unless you were given the height from which the ball was dropped (presumably from rest)?

You could have a larger mass dropped from small height, or a smaller mass dropped from a higher position, both of which could yeild 15 J of mechanical energy... But would give you diff. answers if you wanted to find v from kinetic energy.
 

1. What is kinetic energy?

Kinetic energy is the energy that an object possesses due to its motion. It is defined as the energy an object has because of its mass and velocity, and is measured in joules (J).

2. How is kinetic energy calculated?

Kinetic energy is calculated using the equation KE = 1/2 * m * v2, where m is the mass of the object in kilograms and v is the velocity of the object in meters per second.

3. What is the relationship between kinetic energy and velocity?

The relationship between kinetic energy and velocity is directly proportional. This means that as the velocity of an object increases, its kinetic energy also increases. However, the kinetic energy also depends on the mass of the object, so a heavier object moving at the same velocity will have more kinetic energy than a lighter object.

4. How does kinetic energy affect an object's motion?

Kinetic energy affects an object's motion by determining how fast it can move and how much force it can exert when it collides with another object. The greater the kinetic energy, the more forceful the impact will be, and the farther the object will travel before coming to a stop.

5. Can kinetic energy be converted into other forms of energy?

Yes, kinetic energy can be converted into other forms of energy such as potential energy, thermal energy, or sound energy. For example, when a moving object comes to a stop, its kinetic energy is converted into thermal energy due to friction with the surface it is moving on.

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