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Physics question on energy - need help !

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Homework Statement


Hello All !

I have this question which I cant seem to get the correct ans to.. maybe Im missing something.. (Please refer to attachment)


Homework Equations



POtential energy = mass x g x h

The Attempt at a Solution



ok initial amt of energy = m x g x h

final energy state =( mgh/4 + mgh/4 )= mgh/ 2

so mgh - mgh/2 = mgh/2 (my ans)

apparently correct ans is mgh/4

help , pls ? thanks !
 

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gneill
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Hi nish123, Welcome to Physics Forums.

When dealing with changes in potential energy, you want to consider the change in elevation of the center of mass.
 
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ahh, got it!... thanks a ton
gneill and
ResscuedByMary

point i was missing was "When dealing with changes in potential energy, you want to consider the change in elevation of the center of mass."


Thanks again !!
 
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thanks ResscuedByMary i now understand your explanation too...

"When dealing with changes in potential energy, you want to consider the change in elevation of the center of mass." was told by
gneill as above... thanks both !
 

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