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Work, Energy and power questions

  1. Nov 8, 2009 #1
    A 500w motor is used to pull a 12kg mass along a level surface from rest. If the motor is on for 10 seconds, what is the maximum speed that the mass can reach?
    p=fs which i rearranged to s=p/f so to work out the force i did 12*9.81=117.72, so I put into the equation s=500/117.72=4.25
    Have i done this question right?

    And also another question on my homework which I'm not too sure about is:
    A pendulum bob of mass 200g is raised 10cm above its resting position and allowed to swing freely. Calculate (a) its loss of potential energy in returning to its resting position (b) its maximum speed as it returns to its resting position (c) its speed when it is 5cm above resting position.
    (a)
    deltaEp=mg*h or W=fs
    0.2x9.81=1.962
    deltaEp=1.962*0.1=0.1962j

    (b)
    Ek=1/2mass*speed^2
    speed^2=Ek / 1/2mass
    speed^2=0.1962/0.1
    speed^2=1.962
    speed=1.4ms^-1

    (c)
    deltaEp=1.962*0.05
    deltaEp=0.0981J
    speed^2=0.0981/0.025
    speed=1.98ms^-1

    thanks in advance :)
     
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  3. Nov 8, 2009 #2

    Delphi51

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    No. The F in P = F*v is the force pushing the object, not the force of gravity. That formula isn't all that useful in this question. Maybe begin with Power = work/time. No friction?
     
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