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Physics 11 Force and potential energy

  1. Dec 20, 2006 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A constant net force of 410N up is applied to a stone that weighs 32N. The upward force is applied through a distance of 2.0m andthe stone is then released. TO what height from the point of release will the stone rise?

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

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  3. Dec 20, 2006 #2
    I'm not sure where you're going with your solution.
    Personally, I'd apply impulse again to get the stone's final velocity at the time of release, and then treat it as one-dimensional motion with constant acceleration.
  4. Dec 20, 2006 #3
    i can't use impulse can I? i don't have a time?
  5. Dec 20, 2006 #4
    Picky, picky....:blushing:

    OK, how about the Work-Energy theorem to find the velocity at release?
  6. Dec 20, 2006 #5
    Ek=1/2mv^2? and which force do i use
  7. Dec 20, 2006 #6
    Ah, no. Can you state the Work-Energy Theorem? (If not, can you look it up in your textbook or notes?)
  8. Dec 20, 2006 #7


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    An easier way is to use the Work-Energy Theorem, as stated above. Calculate the work done by the force on the stone for the 2m that it is applied (recall, work done = force * distance). When the stone reaches its maximum height, all the energy is the potential energy, so you can equate the potential energy to the work done, and solve for h.
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  9. Dec 20, 2006 #8
    Work done on object is equal to the change in its kinetic energy
  10. Dec 20, 2006 #9
    OK, so can you apply it? (I know I can...)
  11. Dec 20, 2006 #10
    what do i do once i've found velocity
  12. Dec 20, 2006 #11
    Use a basic kinematics equation for motion with constant acceleration.
  13. Dec 20, 2006 #12
    the answer i got was 26m
  14. Dec 20, 2006 #13
    Oddly enough, so do I.
  15. Dec 20, 2006 #14
    ok good, thank you very much
  16. Dec 20, 2006 #15
    do you have time for another question?
  17. Dec 20, 2006 #16
    Not really... but I'm in the middle of studying for my physics final, so this helps me, too. Look, If I don't answer, someone else will. (That's why this forum rocks!)
  18. Dec 20, 2006 #17
    ok sounds good, i think im going to make a new topic though
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