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- Homework Statement
- 'Suppose your hand moves upward by 0.50m while you are throwing the ball. The ball leaves your hand with an upward velocity of 20.0 m/s. Find the magnitude of the force (assumed constant) that your hand exerts on the ball. Ignore air resistance.' Now my question is not 'What is the magnitude' but rather: why did I get (roughly) the same answer using F=ma when you were supposed to use the total mechanical energy (W+K1+U1=K2+U2). So I'm more confused about how the 2 formulas are 'related', what the force actually represents in both, when to use what and if there is an actual difference.

- Relevant Equations
- a = (((v2)^2)-((v2)^2))/(2(x2-x1))

F = m*a

W(other) + K1 + U1 = K2 + U2

F = (K2 + U2 - K1 - U1) / s

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