Re: Physics - drwls #2

Posted by winterWX on Monday, March 19, 2007 at 11:54pm.

A small block of mass m = 4.0 kg can slide along the frictionless loop-the-loop. The block is released from rest at point P, at height h = 23R above the bottom of the loop (R is the radius of the loop). Express your answers in the form ngR, where n is the number you will calculate.

a) What is the potential energy when the block is at point P? [at the very top of loop] (Assume the gravitational potential energy of the block Earth system is taken to be zero at the bottom of the loop).

b) What is the potential energy when the block is at point Q (halfway up the loop)?

c) What is the kinetic energy when the block is at the top of the loop?

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* Physics - drwls? - drwls, Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 2:19am

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*note: i cant post the diagram.. but it looks like the number "6" slightly tilted 45 degrees counterclockwise

- potential energy for problem (a).. would be:

U = (4.0 kg)(9.8 m/s^2)(23R)
U = 901.6R

- problem (b) is similar:

U = (4.0 kg)(9.8 m/s^2)(2R)

- problem (c) would be:

K = 1/2mv^2
K = 1/2(4.0 kg)(???^2)
.. but what would i use if a velocity is not given?

----- and i'm also having difficulty understanding on how to express my answer in the form "ngR" .. what does that mean? .. is n just a random variable?

change in PE = - (change in KE). "V" is what you solve for.

I have no idea what they mean by "nGR"

On b, PE= mgh. If the block is halfway up the loop, wouldn't that height be R, not 2R>
On c,
Wouldn't the KE be equal to the change of PE, which would be the same as the original PE in the a)?

Your answer will be in the form of Number*gR . n the number is most certainly not random. It is what you calculate.

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