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Potential energy

  1. Mar 16, 2006 #1
    Alright, another one I am messing up somehow

    .2kg stone thrown vertically upward with initial vof 7.5 starting at 1.2 m.

    Find potential energy at max height.

    I use

    solving for y:
    y=-v0^2/2a+y0 = 7.5^2/(2*9.8) + 1.2 = 6.7 J
    the answer is wrong
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  3. Mar 16, 2006 #2


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    This one may be easier if you consider energy. Remember that energy is conserved. How much energy do you have at the start? Therefore, how much energy must you have at max height?
  4. Mar 16, 2006 #3
    Hrm. So I find U+K for the start. And then it'll all be K at the max height?

    I'll do that, but can you tell me what's wrong with the way I did it?
  5. Mar 16, 2006 #4

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    The height is not the potential energy. Use it to find the potential energy. (If you checked your units, you'd be less likely to make this kind of mistake.)
  6. Mar 16, 2006 #5
    Okay, new question

    Rollar coaster, frictionless track.
    Speed at A (5.0 M, top of a hill)=5.0 m/s, what is the speed at B (bottom of hill).

    I don't know how to solve this using the energy equations, because we don't know the mass.
  7. Mar 16, 2006 #6


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    Try to set up equations. What must the final energy equal?
  8. Mar 16, 2006 #7


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    You do know that the sum of potential energy and kinetic energy at the top equals the kinetic energy at the bottom. If you set up the equations, you'll notice that the mass cancels out of both sides of the equation.
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