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A 40%-efficient car engine accelerates the 1300 kg car from rest to 20 m/s How much energy is transferred to the engine by burning gasoline? .

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    Calculate the kinetic energy increase and divide it by 0.4, to account for the inefficiency.

    (1/2)M*V^2/0.4
    = 6.5*10^5 Joules
    That is the fuel energy burned. 60% of that goes to heating the engine, if the engine is 40% efficient.

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