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Chapter 7 Potential Energy

∆r

F

yb
ya mg

F I G U R E 7.1

The work done by an external agent on the system of the book and the Earth as the book is lifted from ya to yb is equal to mg b mg a. y y

∆r

yb
ya

F I G U R E 7.2

The work done by the gravitational force on the book as the book falls from yb to ya is equal to mgyb mgya.

2 1 3

yi = h Ugi = mgh Ki = 0

h y

Active Figure 7.3
(Quick Quiz 7.3) Three identical balls are thrown with the same initial speed from the top of a building.

F I G U R E 7.4 (Example 7.1) A ball yf = y is dropped from rest at a height Ugf = mgy h above the ground. Initially, the K f = 1mvf 2 2 total energy of the ball–Earth vf system is gravitational potential energy, equal to mgh when h 0 is at the ground. When the ball is at elevation y, the total system y=0 energy is the sum of kinetic and Ug = 0 potential energies.

R

θ

Actor

yi

Sandbag

(a)

T

T

m actor m actor g (b)

m bag

m bag g (c)

F I G U R E 7.5 (Example 7.2) (a) An actor uses some clever staging to make his entrance. (b) Free-body diagram for the actor at the bottom of the circular path. (c) Free-body diagram for the sandbag when it is just lifted from the floor.

x=0

m

(a) x

m

Us =

1 2 2 kx

Ki = 0 (b) x=0 v m Us = 0 Kf = (c)
2 1 2 mv

Active Figure 7.6
(a) An undeformed spring on a frictionless horizontal surface. (b) A block of mass m is pushed against the spring, compressing it through a distance x. (c) When the block is released from rest, the elastic potential energy stored in the system is transformed to kinetic energy of the block.

F I G U R E 7.7 The work done against the force of friction depends on the path taken as the book is moved from to ; hence, friction is a nonconservative force. The work required is greater along the brown path than the blue path.

vi = 0

d = 1.00 m 0.500 m 30.0° vf

F I G U R E 7.8 (Example 7.3) A crate slides down a ramp under the influence of gravity. The potential energy of the crate – Earth system decreases, whereas the kinetic energy of the crate increases.

n

2.00 m Fg = m g

F I G U R E 7.9

(Example 7.4) If the slide is frictionless, the speed of the child at the bottom depends only on the height of the slide.

x=0 vA
1 E = – mvA2 2

(a) vB

(b) xB

1 1 E = – mv B2 + – kx B2 2 2

F I G U R E 7.10
vC = 0 (c) x max vD = –vA
1 1 E = – mv D2 = – mvA2 2 2 1 2 E = – kx max 2

(d)

( Example 7.5) A block sliding on a smooth, horizontal surface collides with a light spring. (a) Initially, the mechanical energy of the system is all kinetic energy. (b) The mechanical energy is the sum of the kinetic energy of the block and the elastic potential energy in the spring. (c) The mechanical energy is entirely potential energy. (d) The mechanical energy is transformed back to the kinetic energy of the block. The total energy of the block–spring system remains constant throughout the motion.

Solar radiation on roof and walls Solar radiation through windows Electrical transmission

Energy enters or leaves home by heat through walls, roof, floor, and windows

Leaks in walls, windows, and doors allow matter transfer

Underground gas lines– matter transfer

F I G U R E 7.11
in steady state.

Energy enters and leaves a home by several mechanisms. The home can be modeled as a nonisolated system

Fg ri RE ME rf Fg m

F I G U R E 7.12

As a particle of mass m moves from to above the Earth’s surface, the potential energy of the particle – Earth system, given by Equation 7.19, changes because of the change in the particle – Earth separation distance r from ri to rf .

ME Ug

Earth

RE O –GME m RE

r

Graph of the gravitational potential energy Ug versus r for a particle above the Earth’s surface. The potential energy of the system goes to zero as r approaches infinity.

F IGURE 7.13

2 r 12 1 r 13 3

r 23

F I G U R E 7.14

Three interacting particles.

Us
1 Us = – kx 2 2

E

–x max

0 (a) Fs m

x max

x

x=0 (b)

x max

Active Figure 7.15
(a) Potential energy as a function of x for the block – spring system shown in part (b). The block oscillates between the turning points, which have the coordinates x x max. The restoring force exerted by the spring always acts toward x 0, the position of stable equilibrium.

U Positive slope x<0 Negative slope x>0

0

x

A plot of U versus x for a particle that has a position of unstable equilibrium, located at x 0. For any finite displacement of the particle, the force on the particle is directed away from x 0.

F I G U R E 7.16

Figure Q7.11

h R

Figure P7.5
vi P 20.0 m

θ

60.0 m

g

A

B

Figure P7.6

m1

5.00 kg

m2

3.00 kg

h

4.00 m

Figure P7.9

m

5.00 m 3.20 m 2.00 m

Figure P7.10

y
θ

B

C

(5.00, 5.00) m

O

A

x

Figure P7.14 Problems 7.14 and 7.15. Figure P7.11

d

m

k

θ

Figure P7.16

Figure P7.18 Problem 7.18

(Gamma)

3.00 kg

5.00 kg

Figure P7.23
v i = 8.00 m/s

3.00 m

30.0°

Figure P7.25

50.0 kg

100 kg v

37.0°

Figure P7.28

U ( J) 6 4 2 0 –2 –4 2 4 6 8

x (m)

Figure P7.39
U ( J) +6 +4
+2 +2

0 –2 –4 –6

2

4

6

r (mm)

Figure P7.40

L x L

k m

x

k

Top View

Figure P7.41

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