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Homework Help: Kinetic energy of a Baseball

  1. Sep 26, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A pitcher throws a 0.124-kg baseball, and it approaches the bat at a speed of 54.2 m/s. The bat does Wnc = 76.5 J of work on the ball in hitting it. Ignoring the air resistance, determine the speed of the ball after the ball leaves the bat and is 21 m above the point of impact.

    2. Relevant equations

    W = E - E0

    3. The attempt at a solution
    W = E -Eo
    v = wrong answer!
    Please help. I dont have a basics in physics, so please explain from an beginners standpoint.
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  3. Sep 26, 2009 #2


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    where did you get 9.8 from? It told you 54.2 m/s was the initial velocity. Redo this part. For the second part you need to use projectile motion equations.
  4. Sep 26, 2009 #3
    I used the eqn W=E-E0, since they gave us a non conservative value.
    this can b furthere broken down to... 1/2mv2 -mgh. Thats where the 9.8 comes from. As far as projectile motion..how would i use it with no angles?
  5. Sep 26, 2009 #4


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    actually as I think about it now, you don't need to use projectile motion.


    all you have is that that change in kinetic energy = work done by that bat.

    the initial ke = 1/2m(54)2.

    For the second part you need to use the part in red
  6. Sep 26, 2009 #5
    Im confused. I got KE = 180.792. however, I am trying to find final velocity of the ball. i initially tried the eqn in red and it did not work for me. Can you please demonstrate?
  7. Sep 26, 2009 #6


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    Conservation of energy right

    Initially it has ke given by 1/2mu2. This energy is converted into kinetic energy (it is moving with a different velocity v) and work done by the bat.

    so applying the law of conservation of energy we will get 1/2mu2=1/2mv2+Wbat.

    So can you find 'v' given Wbat=76.5J and u=54.2m/s?
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