(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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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# Quick Conceptual Question about Energy

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