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Homework Help: Quick Conceptual Question about Energy

  1. Apr 9, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A system loses 400 J of potential energy. In the process it does 400 J of work on the environment and the thermal energy increases by 100 J. Show this process on an energy bar chart.


    2. Relevant equations
    Ui + Ki + Wext = Uf + Kf + change in thermal energy


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I drew a bar with value +400 J for Ui, +100 J for Ki, and -400 J for Wext. Then I drew a bar of +100 J for change in thermal energy. The part I'm not sure about is the +100 J for Ki since the problem doesn't say anything about losing kinetic energy. But that was only way I could think to make the equation balance.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
     
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