# Solving Simple Power Problem: Grandfather Clock + 3.70kg Weight

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In summary, to calculate the power of the grandfather clock and 3.70kg weight system, you need to know the force and velocity of the system. The unit of measurement for power is watts (W). The power of the system can change over time due to changes in velocity, force, and external factors. The weight of the 3.70kg weight affects the power by increasing the force acting on the system. However, there is a limit to the amount of power the system can produce, determined by the maximum force and velocity it can achieve.
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A grandfather clock is powered by the descent of a 3.70 kg weight.
If the weight descends through a distance of 0.700 m in 3.00 days, how much power does it deliver to the clock?

I have tried this a million times, but I'm just having a mental block.
If someone could please help me out & explain how to do this, I'd be super grateful!

Thank you so much!

power is energy/time

The energy is the gravitational energy of the weight

I would approach this problem by using the formula for power, which is P = W/t, where P is power, W is work, and t is time. In this case, the work being done is the descent of the 3.70 kg weight, and the time is 3.00 days (which must be converted to seconds for the formula to work). We can calculate the work by using the formula W = mgh, where m is the mass, g is the acceleration due to gravity (9.8 m/s^2), and h is the height through which the weight descends. Plugging in the values, we get:

W = (3.70 kg)(9.8 m/s^2)(0.700 m) = 25.7 J

Next, we need to convert 3.00 days to seconds, which is 259,200 seconds (3 days x 24 hours/day x 60 minutes/hour x 60 seconds/minute). Now, we can plug in the values into the power formula:

P = (25.7 J)/(259,200 s) = 9.92 x 10^-5 watts

Therefore, the grandfather clock is delivering 9.92 x 10^-5 watts of power. This may seem like a small amount, but it is enough to keep the clock ticking and keep track of time accurately. I hope this explanation helps and clears up any confusion.

## 1. How do I calculate the power of the grandfather clock and 3.70kg weight system?

To calculate power, you need to know the force and velocity of the system. In this case, the force is the weight of the 3.70kg weight and the velocity is the distance the weight travels in a given time. You can use the formula power = force * velocity to calculate the power of the system.

## 2. What is the unit of measurement for power?

The unit of measurement for power is watts (W). It is equal to one joule per second, where joule is the unit of measurement for energy.

## 3. Can the power of the grandfather clock and 3.70kg weight system change over time?

Yes, the power of the system can change over time. If the velocity or force of the system changes, the power will also change. Additionally, factors such as friction and air resistance can also affect the power of the system.

## 4. How does the weight of the 3.70kg weight affect the power of the system?

The weight of the 3.70kg weight affects the power of the system by increasing the force acting on the system. This will result in a higher power output, as long as the velocity remains constant.

## 5. Is there a limit to the amount of power that the grandfather clock and 3.70kg weight system can produce?

Yes, there is a limit to the amount of power that the system can produce. This limit is determined by the maximum force and velocity that the system can achieve. Once these limits are reached, the power output of the system will not increase any further.

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