(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

At time ti, the kinetic energy of a particle is

35.5 J and its potential energy is 8.16 J.At

some later time tf , its kinetic energy is 9.38 J.

If only conservative forces act on the parti-

cle, what is its potential energy tf ? Answer

in units of J.

If the potential energy at time tf is 6.95 J,

what is the work done by the nonconservative

forces acting on the particle? Answer in units

of J.

2. Relevant equations

W=F*displacement*cos(theta)

3. The attempt at a solution

For the first part of the question, because there were only conservative forces, the sum of kinetic and potential must be same for both ti and tf. And i know that i have the right answer for that. But for the second part, where force isn't conserved, that would not be the case:

I CANNOT take the sum of 35.5 and 8.16 and subtract 6.95 like i did for the first part.

I dont think i completely understand the concept here, so i'd appreciate any help.

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# Homework Help: Relationship between work and potential energy

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