Skill Set 06.1

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1. A 5.2 kg object speeds up from 3.1 m/s to 4.2 m/s. What is the change in kinetic energy? (21 J)

This question is just to see if you can apply the basic formulas for energy, and solve for things like velocities and height. The basic IB formulas for this sort of thing are:

  • W = Fs \cos \Theta
  • \DeltaEp = mg\Deltah
  • Ek = 1/2mv2

Missing from the packet is

  • Ep = 1/2kx2

So what you need to do is have your final kinetic energy minus the initial kinetic energy.

  • Ekf - Eki



Your Final kinetic energy is just  \begin{matrix} \frac{1}{2} \end{matrix} (5.2 kg)(4.2 m/s) ^2 = 45.864 J
And the initial energy is  \begin{matrix} \frac{1}{2} \end{matrix}(5.2 kg)(3.1 m/s)^2 = 24.986 J

Then subtract
45.864 J -24.986 J

The answer is 20.878 J, but that has bad sig figs.

So...
ROUND!
 \Delta Ek=21 J


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2. A 1.2 HP motor (1 HP = 745.7 Watts) is used to raise a 1300 kg Land Rover 5.7 m up into a tree. What time will it take? (81 s)

This problem always has to do with calculating power. The data packet gives us

Power = Fv

Which is fairly useless. In general, Power is the rate at which work is done so Power is better explained as:

Power = \frac{Any\ change\ in\ energy}{\Delta t}

  • W = Fs \cos \Theta
  • \DeltaEp = mg\Deltah
  • Ek = 1/2mv2

Missing from the packet is

  • Ep = 1/2kx2

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3. A massless spring with a spring constant of 34 N/m is compressed 5.8 cm horizontally and used to shoot an 18 gram marble across a frictionless table. What is the speed of the marble? (2.5 m/s)

4. A 3.4 kg bowling ball hanging from the ceiling on a long string swings from side to side like a pendulum. When it is 15 cm above its lowest point on the left side, I shove it with a force of 11 N for a distance of .35 m in the direction it is going. How high will it swing on the other side? (Neglect friction) (27 cm)

5. A 580 kg rollercoaster is going 7.5 m/s on the top of a 1.2 m tall hill, how fast is it going on top of a 3.5 m tall hill? (Neglect friction) (3.3 m/s)