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PH 121 10.3-10.4
Transcript of PH 121 10.3-10.4
From last time we went through 2 derivations on how Mechanical
Energy is conserved. Specifically kinetic and gravitational potential
energy. The one was a quick little calculation from kinematics
the other a bit more elegant with freefall.
This could have lead one to believe that only freefall conserves
Not true. Your book decides to derive conservation of mechanical
energy one more time. And you get the same result:
This again says that the initial Kinetic, and gravitational potential
Energies are conserved.
The reason for the repeat is that this derivations shows that
mechanical energy is conserved along any frictionless surface
regardless of shape.
Note: For energy calculations
the y-axis is vertical. Gravity
depends on height above surface
of the earth.
As a side note.
Our conservation of mechanical energy equations
There is a negative sign missing here, you'll note
that one change will have a positive amount while
the other change is negative.
What about a box sliding across the desk?
Springs are an example of a restoring force.
If you pull the spring, it pulls back,
If you compress the spring it pushes back.
Each spring system has a position of equilibrium
for example, a hanging mass on a spring is in equilibrium
when gravity is pulling down and the spring force is
This displacement is proportional to the force
of the spring.
This equation is Hooke's Law.
Note we can solve for k by hanging different
masses and measuring the displacement.
A pendulum is made by tying a 500 g ball to a 75 cm string. The pendulum is pulled 30 degrees to ones side then released.
What is the ball's speed at the lowest point of its trajectory?
To what angle does the pendulum swing on the other side?
A. d>a>c>b B. c=d>a=b C. d>c>a>b D. d=c=b=a
A. a=b=c B. a>b>c C. c>b>a
"is there a universal energy equation that can be used?"
"What happens to springs that are stretched or compressed to far? and why does Hooke's law no longer apply to them?"
"Hooks law can apply to anything elastic right? Like a bow? Or diving board?"
"It seems like a lot of this section is based on the fact that energy is conserved. Is it realistic to assume that energy is conserved in most systems? What are some examples of energy not being conserved?"
"why is Hookes law so important for everyday life?"
"How is Hooke's law a restoring force?"
A 5.0 kg mass hanging from a spring scale is slowly lowered onto a vertical spring, as shown. The scale reads in newtons.
A. What does the spring scale read just before the mass touches the lower spring?
B. The scale reads 20 N when the lower spring has been compressed 2.0 cm. What is the value of the spring constant for the lower spring?
C. At what compression length will the scale read zero?
A 1500 kg car traveling at 10 m/s suddenly runs out of gas while approaching the valley shown here. The alert driver immediately puts the car in neutral so that it will roll. What will be the car's speed as it coasts into the gas station on the other side of the valley?