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# 8

Potential Energy
CHAPTER OUTLINE
8.1
8.2

8.3
8.4

8.5

8.6

Q8.4

## Potential Energy of a System

The Isolated
SystemConservation of
Mechanical Energy
Conservative and
Nonconservative Forces
Changes in Mechanical
Energy for Nonconservative
Forces
Relationship Between
Conservative Forces and
Potential Energy
Energy Diagrams and the
Equilibrium of a System

Q8.1

The final speed of the children will not depend on the slide
length or the presence of bumps if there is no friction. If there is
friction, a longer slide will result in a lower final speed. Bumps
will have the same effect as they effectively lengthen the
distance over which friction can do work, to decrease the total
mechanical energy of the children.

Q8.2

## Total energy is the sum of kinetic and potential energies.

Potential energy can be negative, so the sum of kinetic plus
potential can also be negative.

Q8.3

## Both agree on the change in potential energy, and the kinetic

energy. They may disagree on the value of gravitational
potential energy, depending on their choice of a zero point.

(a)

## mgh is provided by the muscles.

(b)

No further energy is supplied to the object-Earth system, but some chemical energy must be
supplied to the muscles as they keep the weight aloft.

(c)

The object loses energy mgh, giving it back to the muscles, where most of it becomes internal
energy.

Q8.5

Lift a book from a low shelf to place it on a high shelf. The net change in its kinetic energy is zero,
but the book-Earth system increases in gravitational potential energy. Stretch a rubber band to
encompass the ends of a ruler. It increases in elastic energy. Rub your hands together or let a pearl
drift down at constant speed in a bottle of shampoo. Each system (two hands; pearl and shampoo)
increases in internal energy.

Q8.6

Three potential energy terms will appear in the expression of total mechanical energy, one for each
conservative force. If you write an equation with initial energy on one side and final energy on the
other, the equation contains six potential-energy terms.

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216
Q8.7

Potential Energy

(a)

It does if it makes the objects speed change, but not if it only makes the direction of the
velocity change.

(b)

## Yes, according to Newtons second law.

Q8.8

The original kinetic energy of the skidding can be degraded into kinetic energy of random molecular
motion in the tires and the road: it is internal energy. If the brakes are used properly, the same
energy appears as internal energy in the brake shoes and drums.

Q8.9

All the energy is supplied by foodstuffs that gained their energy from the sun.

Q8.10

Elastic potential energy of plates under stress plus gravitational energy is released when the plates
slip. It is carried away by mechanical waves.

Q8.11

The total energy of the ball-Earth system is conserved. Since the system initially has gravitational
energy mgh and no kinetic energy, the ball will again have zero kinetic energy when it returns to its
original position. Air resistance will cause the ball to come back to a point slightly below its initial
position. On the other hand, if anyone gives a forward push to the ball anywhere along its path, the
demonstrator will have to duck.

Q8.12

Using switchbacks requires no less work, as it does not change the change in potential energy from
top to bottom. It does, however, require less force (of static friction on the rolling drive wheels of a
car) to propel the car up the gentler slope. Less power is required if the work can be done over a
longer period of time.

Q8.13

There is no work done since there is no change in kinetic energy. In this case, air resistance must be
negligible since the acceleration is zero.

Q8.14

There is no violation. Choose the book as the system. You did work and the earth did work on the
book. The average force you exerted just counterbalanced the weight of the book. The total work on
the book is zero, and is equal to its overall change in kinetic energy.

Q8.15

Kinetic energy is greatest at the starting point. Gravitational energy is a maximum at the top of the
flight of the ball.

Q8.16

## Gravitational energy is proportional to mass, so it doubles.

Q8.17

In stirring cake batter and in weightlifting, your body returns to the same conformation after each
stroke. During each stroke chemical energy is irreversibly converted into output work (and internal
energy). This observation proves that muscular forces are nonconservative.

Chapter 8

Q8.18

## Let the gravitational energy be zero at the lowest point in the

motion. If you start the vibration by pushing down on the block (2),
its kinetic energy becomes extra elastic potential energy in the
spring ( Us ). After the block starts moving up at its lower turning
point (3), this energy becomes both kinetic energy (K) and
gravitational potential energy ( U g ), and then just gravitational
energy when the block is at its greatest height (1). The energy then
turns back into kinetic and elastic potential energy, and the cycle
repeats.

Q8.19

217

FIG. Q8.18

(a)

Kinetic energy of the running athlete is transformed into elastic potential energy of the bent
pole. This potential energy is transformed to a combination of kinetic energy and
gravitational potential energy of the athlete and pole as the athlete approaches the bar. The
energy is then all gravitational potential of the pole and the athlete as the athlete hopefully
clears the bar. This potential energy then turns to kinetic energy as the athlete and pole fall
to the ground. It immediately becomes internal energy as their macroscopic motion stops.

(b)

Rotational kinetic energy of the athlete and shot is transformed into translational kinetic
energy of the shot. As the shot goes through its trajectory as a projectile, the kinetic energy
turns to a mix of kinetic and gravitational potential. The energy becomes internal energy as
the shot comes to rest.

(c)

Kinetic energy of the running athlete is transformed to a mix of kinetic and gravitational
potential as the athlete becomes projectile going over a bar. This energy turns back into
kinetic as the athlete falls down, and becomes internal energy as he stops on the ground.

The ultimate source of energy for all of these sports is the sun. See question 9.
Q8.20

Chemical energy in the fuel turns into internal energy as the fuel burns. Most of this leaves the car
by heat through the walls of the engine and by matter transfer in the exhaust gases. Some leaves the
system of fuel by work done to push down the piston. Of this work, a little results in internal energy
in the bearings and gears, but most becomes work done on the air to push it aside. The work on the
air immediately turns into internal energy in the air. If you use the windshield wipers, you take
energy from the crankshaft and turn it into extra internal energy in the glass and wiper blades and
wiper-motor coils. If you turn on the air conditioner, your end effect is to put extra energy out into
the surroundings. You must apply the brakes at the end of your trip. As soon as the sound of the
engine has died away, all you have to show for it is thermal pollution.

Q8.21

A graph of potential energy versus position is a straight horizontal line for a particle in neutral
equilibrium. The graph represents a constant function.

Q8.22

## The ball is in neutral equilibrium.

Q8.23

The ball is in stable equilibrium when it is directly below the pivot point. The ball is in unstable
equilibrium when it is vertically above the pivot.

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Potential Energy

SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS
Section 8.1

## Potential Energy of a System

P8.1

With our choice for the zero level for potential energy when the car
is at point B,

(a)

UB = 0 .
When the car is at point A, the potential energy of the car-Earth
system is given by

FIG. P8.1

U A = mgy
where y is the vertical height above zero level. With 135 ft = 41.1 m , this height is found as:

Thus,

ge

ja

## U A = 1 000 kg 9.80 m s 2 26.4 m = 2.59 10 5 J .

The change in potential energy as the car moves from A to B is

U B U A = 0 2.59 10 5 J = 2.59 10 5 J .
(b)

With our choice of the zero level when the car is at point A, we have U A = 0 . The potential
energy when the car is at point B is given by U B = mgy where y is the vertical distance of
point B below point A. In part (a), we found the magnitude of this distance to be 26.5 m.
Because this distance is now below the zero reference level, it is a negative number.
Thus,

ge

ja

## U B = 1 000 kg 9.80 m s 2 26.5 m = 2.59 10 5 J .

The change in potential energy when the car moves from A to B is

U B U A = 2.59 10 5 J 0 = 2.59 10 5 J .

Chapter 8

P8.2

(a)

219

## We take the zero configuration of system

potential energy with the child at the
lowest point of the arc. When the string
is held horizontal initially, the initial
position is 2.00 m above the zero level.
Thus,

fa

(b)

## From the sketch, we see that at an angle

of 30.0 the child is at a vertical height of
2.00 m 1 cos 30.0 above the lowest
point of the arc. Thus,

fa

FIG. P8.2

fa

fa

## U g = mgy = 400 N 2.00 m 1 cos 30.0 = 107 J .

(c)

The zero level has been selected at the lowest point of the arc. Therefore, U g = 0 at this
location.

*P8.3

The volume flow rate is the volume of water going over the falls each second:

fb

## 3 m 0.5 m 1.2 m s = 1.8 m3 s

The mass flow rate is

m
V
= = 1 000 kg m3 1.8 m3 s = 1 800 kg s
t
t

je

If the stream has uniform width and depth, the speed of the water below the falls is the same as the
speed above the falls. Then no kinetic energy, but only gravitational energy is available for
conversion into internal and electric energy.

ja f

energy mgy m
=
= gy = 1 800 kg s 9.8 m s 2 5 m = 8.82 10 4 J s
t
t
t
The output power is Puseful = efficiency Pin = 0.25 8.82 10 4 W = 2.20 10 4 W
The input power is Pin =

b
e

ge

The efficiency of electric generation at Hoover Dam is about 85%, with a head of water (vertical
drop) of 174 m. Intensive research is underway to improve the efficiency of low head generators.

Section 8.2
*P8.4

(a)

## The Isolated SystemConservation of Mechanical Energy

One child in one jump converts chemical energy into mechanical energy in the amount that
her body has as gravitational energy at the top of her jump:
mgy = 36 kg 9.81 m s 2 0.25 m = 88.3 J . For all of the jumps of the children the energy is

e
ja f
12e1.05 10 j88.3 J = 1.11 10 J .
6

(b)

0.01
1.11 10 9 J = 1.11 10 5 J , making the Richter
100
log E 4.8 log 1.11 10 5 4.8 5.05 4.8
magnitude
=
=
= 0.2 .
1.5
1.5
1.5

## The seismic energy is modeled as E =

220
P8.5

Potential Energy

a f 12 mv
1
g a3.50 Rf = 2 g a Rf + v
2

Ui + K i = U f + K f :

mgh + 0 = mg 2 R +

v = 3.00 gR

F = m

v
:
R

n + mg = m

v2
R

LM v g OP = m L 3.00 gR g O = 2.00mg
N R Q MN R PQ
n = 2.00e5.00 10 kg je9.80 m s j
2

n=m

= 0.098 0 N downward
P8.6

FIG. P8.5

K i + Ui = K f + U f
1
2
m 6.00 m s + 0 = 0 + m 9.80 m s 2 y
2

b6.00 m sg =
y =
a2fe9.80 m s j

## The mass makes no difference:

*P8.7

(a)

1.84 m

1
1
1
1
mvi2 + kx i2 = mv 2f + kx 2f
2
2
2
2
1
1
2
0 + 10 N m 0.18 m = 0.15 kg v 2f + 0
2
2

f b
ga
g
F 10 N I FG 1 kg m IJ =
= a0.18 mf G
H 0.15 kg m JK H 1 N s K
b

vf
(b)

K i + U si = K f + U sf
1
0 + 10 N m 0.18 m
2

0.162 J =
vf =

ga

1
0.15 kg v 2f
2
1
+ 10 N m 0. 25 m 0.18 m
2
=

1
0.15 kg v 2f + 0.024 5 J
2

g
ga

1.47 m s

2 0.138 J
= 1.35 m s
0.15 kg

FIG. P8.7

Chapter 8

*P8.8

## The energy of the car is E =

221

1
mv 2 + mgy
2

1
mv 2 + mgd sin where d is the distance it has moved along the track.
2
dE
dv
P=
= mv
+ mgv sin
dt
dt
E=

(a)

jb

## P = mgv sin = 950 kg 9.80 m s 2 2.20 m s sin 30 = 1.02 10 4 W

(b)

2. 2 m s 0
dv
=a=
= 0.183 m s 2
dt
12 s
Maximum power is injected just before maximum speed is attained:

ge

(c)

*P8.9

(a)

## At the top end,

1
1
2.20 m s
mv 2 + mgd sin = 950 kg
2
2

FG b
H

## g + e9.80 m s j1 250 m sin 30IJK =

2

5.82 10 6 J

Energy of the object-Earth system is conserved as the object moves between the release
point and the lowest point. We choose to measure heights from y = 0 at the top end of the
string.

eK + U j = eK + U j :
g

0 + mgyi =

1
mv 2f + mgy f
2

## e9.8 m s ja2 m cos 30f = 12 v + e9.8 m s ja2 mf

v = 2e9.8 m s ja 2 mfa1 cos 30f = 2.29 m s
2

2
f

(b)

## Choose the initial point at = 30 and the final point at = 15 :

f
2 gLacos 15 cos 30f = 2e9.8 m s ja 2 mfacos 15 cos 30f =

0 + mg L cos 30 =
vf =
P8.10

1
mv 2f + mg L cos 15
2

1.98 m s

Choose the zero point of gravitational potential energy of the object-spring-Earth system as the
configuration in which the object comes to rest. Then because the incline is frictionless, we have
EB = E A :
K B + U gB + U sB = K A + U gA + U sA

or

0 + mg d + x sin + 0 = 0 + 0 +

d=

kx 2
x .
2mg sin

1 2
kx .
2

222
P8.11

Potential Energy

U gt = U si ,
or

2

P8.12

(a)

FIG. P8.11

## The force needed to hang on is equal to the force F the

trapeze bar exerts on the performer.
From the free-body diagram for the performers body, as
shown,
F mg cos = m

v2
A

F = mg cos + m

v2
A

or
FIG. P8.12

## Apply conservation of mechanical energy of the performer-Earth system as the performer

moves between the starting point and any later point:

mg A A cos i = mg A A cos +
Solve for
(b)

1
mv 2
2

mv 2
and substitute into the force equation to obtain F = mg 3 cos 2 cos i
A

## At the bottom of the swing, = 0 so

F = mg 3 2 cos i

F = 2mg = mg 3 2 cos i
which gives

i = 60.0 .

223

Chapter 8

P8.13

Using conservation of energy for the system of the Earth and the two objects
(a)

## b5.00 kg gga4.00 mf = b3.00 kg gga4.00 mf + 12 a5.00 + 3.00fv

v = 19.6 = 4.43 m s
(b)

## Now we apply conservation of energy for the system of the 3.00 kg

object and the Earth during the time interval between the instant
when the string goes slack and the instant at which the 3.00 kg
object reaches its highest position in its free fall.
FIG. P8.13

a f

1
3.00 v 2 = mg y = 3.00 gy
2
y = 1.00 m
y max = 4.00 m + y = 5.00 m
P8.14

m1 > m 2
(a)

m1 gh =
v=

(b)

1
m1 + m 2 v 2 + m 2 gh
2

b
bm

g
g

2 m1 m 2 gh
1 + m2

## Since m 2 has kinetic energy

1
m 2 v 2 , it will rise an additional height h determined from
2
m 2 g h =

1
m2 v 2
2

or from (a),
h =

P8.15

b
b

g
g

m1 m 2 h
v2
=
m1 + m 2
2g

2m1 h
.
m1 + m 2

## The force of tension and subsequent force of compression in the

rod do no work on the ball, since they are perpendicular to each
step of displacement. Consider energy conservation of the ballEarth system between the instant just after you strike the ball and
the instant when it reaches the top. The speed at the top is zero if
you hit it just hard enough to get it there.
K i + U gi = K f + U gf :

a f
a fa f

1
mvi2 + 0 = 0 + mg 2L
2
vi = 4 gL = 4 9.80 0.770
vi = 5.49 m s

initial

final
L

vi
FIG. P8.15

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*P8.16

Potential Energy

efficiency =

e=

## useful output energy useful output power

=
total input energy
total input power

m water gy t

b1 2gm ev tj
air

g
e Av t j

2 water v water t gy

air r

2 w v w t gy

2 3

a r v

where A is the length of a cylinder of air passing through the mill and v w is the volume of water
pumped in time t. We need inject negligible kinetic energy into the water because it starts and ends
at rest.

e
ja fb g
e
je
j
F 1 000 L IJ FG 60 s IJ = 160 L min
sG
H 1 m K H 1 min K
2

3
v w e a r 2 v 3 0.275 1.20 kg m 1.15 m 11 m s
=
=
2 w gy
t
2 1 000 kg m 3 9.80 m s 2 35 m

= 2.66 10 3 m3
P8.17

(a)

K i + U gi = K f + U gf
1
1
mvi2 + 0 = mv 2f + mgy f
2
2
1
1
1
2
2
2
mv xi + mv yi
= mv xf
+ mgy f
2
2
2
But v xi = v xf , so for the first ball

yf =

2
v yi

2g

2a9.80f

= 1.85 10 4 m

b1 000g =
=
2a9.80f
2

yf
(b)

5.10 10 4 m

## The total energy of each is constant with value

gb

1
20.0 kg 1 000 m s
2

= 1.00 10 7 J .

Chapter 8

P8.18

mgr cos =

1
mv 2
2

## at the breaking point consider radial forces

Fr = mar
+Tmax mg cos = m
Eliminate

v2
r

v2
= 2 g cos
r
Tmax mg cos = 2mg cos
Tmax = 3mg cos

= cos 1

F T I = cos
GH 3mg JK
max

F
I
GG 3 2.00 kg44.59.N80 m s JJ
ge
jK
Hb
2

= 40.8
*P8.19

(a)

## For a 5-m cord the spring constant is described by F = kx ,

mg = k 1.5 m . For a longer cord of length L the stretch distance
is longer so the spring constant is smaller in inverse proportion:

k=

5 m mg
= 3.33 mg L
L 1.5 m

eK + U

+ Us

j = eK + U
i

+ Us

initial

1
0 + mgyi + 0 = 0 + mgy f + kx 2f
2
mg 2
1 2 1
mg yi y f = kx f = 3.33
xf
2
2
L

FIG. P8.19(a)

here yi y f = 55 m = L + x f
1
2
55.0 mL = 3.33 55.0 m L
2
55.0 mL = 5.04 10 3 m 2 183 mL + 1.67 L2

L=

a fe
2a1.67f

j = 238 152 =
3.33

(b)

mg
25.8 m
F = ma
k = 3.33

## x max = x f = 55.0 m 25.8 m = 29.2 m

+ kx max mg = ma
mg
3.33
29. 2 m mg = ma
25.8 m
a = 2.77 g = 27.1 m s 2

final

25.8 m

225

226
*P8.20

Potential Energy

When block B moves up by 1 cm, block A moves down by 2 cm and the separation becomes 3 cm.
v
h
We then choose the final point to be when B has moved up by and has speed A . Then A has
3
2
2h
moved down
and has speed v A :
3

eK

+ KB + Ug

0+0+0=

j = eK
i

+ KB + Ug

FG IJ
H K

v
1
1
mv A2 + m A
2
2
2

mgh mg 2 h

3
3

mgh 5
= mv A2
3
8
8 gh
15

vA =

Section 8.3
P8.21

ge

(a)

## Work along OAC = work along OA + work along AC

= Fg OA cos 90.0+ Fg AC cos 180

a f
a f
= a39.2 N fa5.00 mf + a39.2 N fa5.00 mfa 1f

C
(5.00, 5.00) m

= 196 J
(b)

## W along OBC = W along OB + W along BC

= 39.2 N 5.00 m cos 180+ 39.2 N 5.00 m cos 90.0

fa

fa

FIG. P8.21

= 196 J
(c)

a f
F 1 IJ =
2 mjG
H 2K

## Work along OC = Fg OC cos135

fe

= 39.2 N 5.00

196 J

The results should all be the same, since gravitational forces are conservative.
P8.22

(a)

## W = F dr = F r f ri , which depends only on end points, not path.

(b)

W = F dr =

ze

je
j a f z dx + a4.00 Nf z dy
+ a 4.00 N fy
= 15.0 J + 20.0 J = 35.0 J

5.00 m

W = 3.00 N x 0

5.00 m
0

## The same calculation applies for all paths.

5.00 m

5.00 m

Chapter 8

P8.23

dx i 2 y i + x 2 j =

dyj 2 y i + x 2 j =

5.00 m

WOA =

(a)

2 ydx

x dy

x dy

2 ydx

5.00 m

5 .00 m
2

5.00 m
2

5.00 m

227

WOA = 0

5 .00 m

W AC =

For x = 5.00 m,

W AC = 125 J

and

## WOAC = 0 + 125 = 125 J

WOB =

(b)

dyj 2 y i + x 2 j =

dx i 2 yi + x 2 j =

5 .00 m
0

WOB = 0

## since along this path, x = 0 ,

WBC =

5.00 m
0

WBC = 50.0 J

since y = 5.00 m,

WOC =

(c)

WOC =

ze
ze

je

5.00 m

(d)

(a)

a K f

## = W = W g = mgh = mg 5.00 3.20

1
1
mv B2 mv 2A = m 9.80 1.80
2
2
v B = 5.94 m s
AB

(b)

Wg

A C

a fa f

## Similarly, vC = v A2 + 2 g 5.00 2.00 = 7.67 m s

= mg 3.00 m = 147 J

2 x + x 2 dx = 66.7 J

P8.24

j z e2ydx + x dyj

dx i + dyj 2 y i + x 2 j =

B
5.00 m

3.20 m

FIG. P8.24

C
2.00 m

228
P8.25

Potential Energy

(a)

F = 3.00 i + 5.00 j N
m = 4.00 kg

r = 2.00 i 3.00 j m

a f

## W = 3.00 2.00 + 5.00 3.00 = 9.00 J

The result does not depend on the path since the force is conservative.
(b)

W = K

Fa f I
GH
JK

4.00
4.00 v 2
9.00 =
4.00
2
2
so v =
(c)

32.0 9.00
= 3.39 m s
2.00

U = W = 9.00 J

Section 8.4

## Changes in Mechanical Energy for Nonconservative Forces

P8.26

U f = K i K f + Ui

(a)

E = 40.0 J

(b)
P8.27

## Yes, Emech = K + U is not equal to zero. For conservative forces K + U = 0 .

The distance traveled by the ball from the top of the arc to the bottom is R . The work done by the
non-conservative force, the force exerted by the pitcher,
is

a f

E = Fr cos 0 = F R .

We shall assign the gravitational energy of the ball-Earth system to be zero with the ball at the
bottom of the arc.
Then
becomes
or

1
1
mv 2f mvi2 + mgy f mgyi
2
2
1
1
mv 2f = mvi2 + mgyi + F R
2
2

Emech =

a f

v f = vi2 + 2 gyi +

0.250

2 F R
=
m

v f = 26.5 m s
*P8.28

## The useful output energy is

120 Wh 1 0.60 = mg y f yi = Fg y
y =

g FG J IJ FG N m IJ =
H W sKH J K

## 120 W 3 600 s 0.40

890 N

194 m

Chapter 8

*P8.29

229

As the locomotive moves up the hill at constant speed, its output power goes into internal energy
plus gravitational energy of the locomotive-Earth system:

## Pt = mgy + fr = mgr sin + fr

P = mgv f sin + fv f

## As the locomotive moves on level track,

F 746 W I = f b27 m sg
f = 2.76 10 N
GH 1 hp JK
F 5 m IJ + e2.76 10 Njv
Then also 746 000 W = b160 000 kg ge9.8 m s jv G
H 100 m K
P = fvi

1 000 hp

vf =
P8.30

746 000 W
1.06 10 5 N

= 7.04 m s

We shall take the zero level of gravitational potential energy to be at the lowest level reached by the
diver under the water, and consider the energy change from when the diver started to fall until he
came to rest.
1
1
mv 2f mvi2 + mgy f mgyi = f k d cos 180
2
2

E =

0 0 mg yi y f = f k d
fk =
P8.31

mg yi y f

## i = b70.0 kg ge9.80 m s ja10.0 m + 5.00 mf =

2

5.00 m

m 2 gh fh =

Ui + K i + Emech = U f + K f :

2.06 kN

1
1
m1 v 2 + m 2 v 2
2
2

f = n = m1 g
m 2 gh m1 gh =
v2 =

v=

P8.32

i e

Emech = K f K i + U gf U gi

1
m1 + m 2 v 2
2

gb g

2 m 2 m1 hg
m1 + m 2

FIG. P8.31

ja

8.00 kg

= 3.74 m s

## But Emech = Wapp fx , where Wapp is the work the boy

did pushing forward on the wheels.

i e

j
1
= me v v j + mg a hf + fx
2
1
= a 47.0 f a6. 20f a1.40f a 47.0fa9.80fa 2.60 f + a 41.0 fa12.4f
2

Thus,

Wapp = K f K i + U gf U gi + fx

or

Wapp
Wapp

Wapp = 168 J

2
f

2
i

FIG. P8.32

230
P8.33

Potential Energy

1
1
m v 2f vi2 = mvi2 = 160 J
2
2

K =

(b)

(c)

f=
(d)

FIG. P8.33

86.5 J
= 28.8 N
3.00 m

## f = k n = k mg cos 30.0 = 28.8 N

28.8 N
k =
= 0.679
5.00 kg 9.80 m s 2 cos 30.0

P8.34

(a)

ge

## Consider the whole motion: K i + U i + Emech = K f + U f

(a)

0 + mgyi f1 x1 f 2 x 2 =

1
mv 2f + 0
2

## b80.0 kg ge9.80 m s j1 000 m a50.0 Nfa800 mf b3 600 Nga200 mf = 12 b80.0 kg gv

1
784 000 J 40 000 J 720 000 J = b80.0 kg gv
2
2b 24 000 Jg
= 24.5 m s
v =
2

2
f

2
f

(b)
(c)

80.0 kg

## Yes this is too fast for safety.

Now in the same energy equation as in part (a), x 2 is unknown, and x1 = 1 000 m x 2 :

fb

g b

gb

1
80.0 kg 5.00 m s
2

## 784 000 J 50 000 J 3 550 N x 2 = 1 000 J

x 2 =
(d)

733 000 J
= 206 m
3 550 N

Really the air drag will depend on the skydivers speed. It will be larger than her 784 N
weight only after the chute is opened. It will be nearly equal to 784 N before she opens the
chute and again before she touches down, whenever she moves near terminal speed.

P8.35

aK + Uf + E

(a)

0+

= K +U f :

mech

1 2
1
kx fx = mv 2 + 0
2
2

ge

1
8.00 N m 5.00 10 2 m
2

(b)

j e3.20 10

2 5. 20 10 3 J

v=

231

Chapter 8

5.30 10

j=

kg

ja

f 12 e5.30 10

N 0.150 m =

kg v 2

1.40 m s

When the spring force just equals the friction force, the ball will stop speeding up. Here
Fs = kx ; the spring is compressed by
3. 20 10 2 N
= 0.400 cm
8.00 N m
and the ball has moved
5.00 cm 0.400 cm = 4.60 cm from the start.

(c)

## Between start and maximum speed points,

1 2
1
1
kxi fx = mv 2 + kx 2f
2
2
2
1
1
1
2 2
3.20 10 2 4.60 10 2 = 5.30 10 3 v 2 + 8.00 4.00 10 3
8.00 5.00 10
2
2
2
v = 1.79 m s

P8.36

j e

je

j e

Fy = n mg cos 37.0 = 0
n = mg cos 37.0 = 400 N

## f = n = 0.250 400 N = 100 N

fx = Emech

a100fa20.0f = U + U + K + K
U = m g d h h i = a50.0fa9.80fa 20.0 sin 37.0f = 5.90 10
U = m g d h h i = a100 fa9.80fa 20.0f = 1.96 10
1
K = m e v v j
2
m
1
K = m e v v j =
K = 2 K
2
m
A

2
f

2
f

2
i

2
i

## Adding and solving, K A = 3.92 kJ .

FIG. P8.36

232
P8.37

Potential Energy

(a)

The object moved down distance 1.20 m + x. Choose y = 0 at its lower point.
K i + U gi + U si + Emech = K f + U gf + U sf
0 + mgyi + 0 + 0 = 0 + 0 +

1 2
kx
2

## b1.50 kg ge9.80 m s ja1.20 m + xf = 12 b320 N mgx

0 = b160 N mgx a14.7 N fx 17.6 J
14.7 N a 14.7 N f 4b160 N mga17.6 N mf
x=
2b160 N mg
2

x=

14.7 N 107 N
320 N m

The negative root tells how high the object will rebound if it is instantly glued to the spring.
We want
x = 0.381 m
(b)

2

## 0 = 160 x 2 2.44x 2.93

The positive root is x = 0.143 m .
(c)

The equation expressing the energy version of the nonisolated system model has one more
term:
mgyi fx =

1 2
kx
2

2

## 17.6 J + 14.7 Nx 0.840 J 0.700 Nx = 160 N m x 2

160 x 2 14.0 x 16.8 = 0
x=

14.0

a14.0f 4a160fa16.8f

x = 0.371 m

320

Chapter 8

P8.38

233

## The total mechanical energy of the skysurfer-Earth system is

1
mv 2 + mgh .
2

Emech = K + U g =
Since the skysurfer has constant speed,

a f

dEmech
dv
dh
= mv
+ mg
= 0 + mg v = mgv .
dt
dt
dt
The rate the system is losing mechanical energy is then
dEmech
= mgv = 75.0 kg 9.80 m s 2 60.0 m s = 44.1 kW .
dt

*P8.39

(a)

jb

Let m be the mass of the whole board. The portion on the rough surface has mass
normal force supporting it is
a=

(b)

ge

mgx
mxg
and the frictional force is k
= ma . Then
L
L

k gx
opposite to the motion.
L

In an incremental bit of forward motion dx, the kinetic energy converted into internal
mgx
energy is f k dx = k
dx . The whole energy converted is
L

L
k mgx
mg x 2
1
mv 2 =
dx = k
2
2
L
L
0

=
0

k mgL
2

v = k gL

Section 8.5

## Relationship Between Conservative Forces and Potential Energy

P8.40

U = Ax + Bx 2 dx =

ze
x

(a)

(b)

U =

3.00 m

Fdx =

K =

(a)

Ax 2 Bx 3

2
3

j a f

A 3.00 2 2.00

2.00 m

P8.41

mx
. The
L

H 2
3 K

W = Fx dx =

5 .00 m

(b)

K + U = 0

(c)

K = K f

mv12
2

+ 4x

a f a2.00f

B 3.00

I
JK

5.00
19.0
A
B
2
3

5 .00 m

## = 25.0 + 20.0 1.00 4.00 = 40.0 J

1

U = K = W = 40.0 J
K f = K +

mv12
= 62.5 J
2

234
P8.42

Potential Energy

e
e

j e
j e

3x 3 y 7x
U
=
= 9x 2 y 7 = 7 9x 2 y
Fx =
x
x
3x 3 y 7x
U
=
= 3 x 3 0 = 3 x 3
Fy =
y
y

b g

## Thus, the force acting at the point x , y is F = Fx i + Fy j =

P8.43

af

e7 9x yji 3x j .
2

A
r
d A
A
U
Fr =
=
= 2 . The positive value indicates a force of repulsion.
dr r
r
r

Ur =

Section 8.6

FG IJ
H K

P8.44

stable

unstable

neutral

FIG. P8.44
P8.45

(a)

(b)

(c)

Fx
B
A

E
D

FIG. P8.45

x (m)

Chapter 8

P8.46

(a)

235

## There is an equilibrium point wherever the graph of potential energy is horizontal:

At r = 1.5 mm and 3.2 mm, the equilibrium is stable.
At r = 2.3 mm , the equilibrium is unstable.
A particle moving out toward r approaches neutral equilibrium.

P8.47

(b)

The system energy E cannot be less than 5.6 J. The particle is bound if 5.6 J E < 1 J .

(c)

If the system energy is 3 J, its potential energy must be less than or equal to 3 J. Thus, the
particles position is limited to 0.6 mm r 3.6 mm .

(d)

(e)

(f)

(a)

## When the mass moves distance x, the length of each spring

changes from L to
k

FH

IK

Fx = 2 k

FH

x 2 + L2 L

IK FG
H

x
2

x +L

I = 2kx +
JK

2 kLx
x 2 + L2

FIG. P8.47(a)

## z z FGH 2kx + x2kLx+ L IJK dx = 2kz xdx 2kLz

U a x f = kx + 2 kLFH L x + L IK
U a x f = 40.0 x + 96.0FH 1.20 x + 1.44 IK
af

U x = Fx dx =
0

(b)

x
2

x + L2

dx

af

## For negative x, U x has the same value as for

positive x. The only equilibrium point (i.e., where
Fx = 0) is x = 0 .
(c)

K i + U i + Emech = K f + U f
1
0 + 0.400 J + 0 = 1.18 kg v 2f + 0
2
v f = 0.823 m s

FIG. P8.47(b)

236

Potential Energy

P8.48

## The potential energy of the block-Earth system is mgh.

An amount of energy k mgd cos is converted into internal energy due to friction on the incline.
Therefore the final height y max is found from
mgy max = mgh k mgd cos
where
y max
sin
mgy max = mgh k mgy max cot
d=

h
y max

Solving,
y max =
P8.49

FIG. P8.48

h
1 + k cot

At a pace I could keep up for a half-hour exercise period, I climb two stories up, traversing forty
steps each 18 cm high, in 20 s. My output work becomes the final gravitational energy of the system
of the Earth and me,

ja

ge

6 000 J
= ~ 10 2 W .
20 s

## making my sustainable power

P8.50

v = 100 km h = 27.8 m s
The retarding force due to air resistance is
R=

fe

jb

1
1
DAv 2 = 0.330 1.20 kg m 3 2.50 m 2 27.8 m s
2
2

je

= 382 N

Comparing the energy of the car at two points along the hill,
K i + U gi + E = K f + U gf
or

a f

K i + U gi + We R s = K f + U gf

## where We is the work input from the engine. Thus,

a f d

i e

We = R s + K f K i + U gf U gi

Recognizing that K f = K i and dividing by the travel time t gives the required power input from
the engine as

## FG W IJ = RFG s IJ + mgFG y IJ = Rv + mgv sin

H t K H t K H t K
P = a382 N fb 27.8 m sg + b1 500 kg ge9.80 m s jb 27.8 m sg sin 3.20
P=

P = 33.4 kW = 44.8 hp

Chapter 8

P8.51

m = mass of pumpkin
R = radius of silo top

Fr = mar n mg cos = m

237

v2
R

## When the pumpkin first loses contact with the surface, n = 0 .

Thus, at the point where it leaves the surface: v 2 = Rg cos .

FIG. P8.51

Choose U g = 0 in the = 90.0 plane. Then applying conservation of energy for the pumpkin-Earth
system between the starting point and the point where the pumpkin leaves the surface gives
K f + U gf = K i + U gi
1
mv 2 + mgR cos = 0 + mgR
2
Using the result from the force analysis, this becomes
1
mRg cos + mgR cos = mgR , which reduces to
2
cos =

b g

2
, and gives = cos 1 2 3 = 48.2
3

as the angle at which the pumpkin will lose contact with the surface.
P8.52

ja

ge

(a)

## U A = mgR = 0. 200 kg 9.80 m s 2 0.300 m = 0.588 J

(b)

K A + U A = KB + UB
K B = K A + U A U B = mgR = 0.588 J

(c)

(d)

2K B
=
m

vB =

2 0.588 J
= 2.42 m s
0.200 kg

ge

ja

FIG. P8.52

## UC = mghC = 0.200 kg 9.80 m s 2 0.200 m = 0.392 J

K C = K A + U A U C = mg h A hC

ge

ja

## K C = 0.200 kg 9.80 m s 2 0.300 0.200 m = 0.196 J

P8.53

gb

1
1
mv B2 = 0.200 kg 1.50 m s
2
2

(a)

KB =

= 0.225 J

(b)

Emech = K + U = K B K A + U B U A

b
g
= 0.225 J + b0.200 kg ge9.80 m s ja0 0.300 mf
= K B + mg hB hA

## = 0.225 J 0.588 J = 0.363 J

(c)

Its possible to find an effective coefficient of friction, but not the actual value of since n
and f vary with position.

238
P8.54

Potential Energy

The gain in internal energy due to friction represents a loss in mechanical energy that must be equal
to the change in the kinetic energy plus the change in the potential energy.
Therefore,
k mgx cos = K +

1 2
kx mgx sin
2

and since vi = v f = 0 , K = 0.
Thus,

a fa fa

fa

2

## k 2.00 9.80 cos 37.0 0.200 =

and we find k = 0.115 . Note that in the above we had a gain in elastic potential energy for the
spring and a loss in gravitational potential energy.
P8.55

(a)

## Since no nonconservative work is done, E = 0

k = 100 N/m

Also K = 0

2.00 kg

therefore, Ui = U f

where Ui = mg sin x
and U f =

1 2
kx
2

FIG. P8.55

a fa f

x = 0.236 m
(b)

## F = ma . Only gravity and the spring force act on the block, so

kx + mg sin = ma
For x = 0.236 m ,

## a = 5.90 m s 2 . The negative sign indicates a is up the incline.

The acceleration depends on position .
(c)

## U(gravity) decreases monotonically as the height decreases.

U(spring) increases monotonically as the spring is stretched.
K initially increases, but then goes back to zero.

Chapter 8

P8.56

k = 2.50 10 4 N m,

m = 25.0 kg

x A = 0.100 m,

Ug

(a)

Emech = K A + U gA + U sA

x =0

= Us

=0

Emech

1 2
kx A
2
= 25.0 kg 9.80 m s 2 0.100 m

Emech

1
2.50 10 4
2
= 24.5 J + 125 J = 100 J

Emech = 0 + mgx A +

f
ja
N mja 0.100 mf

ge

(b)

x=0

Since only conservative forces are involved, the total energy of the child-pogo-stick-Earth
system at point C is the same as that at point A.

ge

## 0 + 25.0 kg 9.80 m s 2 xC + 0 = 0 24.5 J + 125 J

K C + U gC + U sC = K A + U gA + U sA :

x C = 0.410 m

1
25.0 kg v B2 + 0 + 0 = 0 + 24.5 J + 125 J
2
v B = 2.84 m s

(c)

K B + U gB + U sB = K A + U gA + U sA :

(d)

K and v are at a maximum when a = F m = 0 (i.e., when the magnitude of the upward
spring force equals the magnitude of the downward gravitational force).
This occurs at x < 0 where

k x = mg

or

x=

Thus,

K = K max at x = 9.80 mm

## b25.0 kg ge9.8 m s j = 9.80 10

2

(e)

2.50 10 4 N m

x =9.80 mm

sA

s x =9.80 mm

2
max

yielding

j + eU U
j
1
b25.0 kg gv = b25.0 kgge9.80 m s j a0.100 mf b0.009 8 mg
2
1
+ e 2.50 10 N mj a 0.100 mf b0.009 8 mg
2

K max = K A + U gA U g
or

P8.57

239

v max = 2.85 m s

Emech = fx
E f Ei = f d BC
1 2
kx mgh = mgd BC
2
mgh 12 kx 2
= 0.328
=
mgd BC

FIG. P8.57

240
P8.58

Potential Energy

(a)

F=

(b)

F=0

d
x 3 + 2 x 2 + 3 x i =
dx

j e3 x

4x 3 i

(c)

af

## x = 0.535 point of minimum U x .

The unstable point is at

FIG. P8.58

af

x = 1.87 maximum in U x .
P8.59

aK + U f = aK + U f
1
0 + b30.0 kg ge9.80 m s ja0.200 mf + b 250 N mga0.200 mf
2
1
= b50.0 kg gv + b 20.0 kg ge9.80 m s ja0.200 mf sin 40.0
2
58.8 J + 5.00 J = b 25.0 kg gv + 25.2 J
i

v = 1.24 m s
P8.60

(a)

FIG. P8.59

## Between the second and the third picture, Emech = K + U

mgd =

1
1
mvi2 + kd 2
2
2

ge

ge

1
1
50.0 N m d 2 + 0.250 1.00 kg 9.80 m s 2 d 1.00 kg 3.00 m s 2 = 0
2
2
2.45 21.25 N
d=
= 0.378 m
50.0 N m
(b)

## Between picture two and picture four, Emech = K + U

a f 12 mv 12 mv
2
v = b3.00 m sg
b1.00 kg g a2.45 Nfa2fa0.378 mf
2

f 2d =

2
i

= 2.30 m s
(c)

## For the motion from picture two to picture five,

Emech = K + U

gb

1
2
1.00 kg 3.00 m s
2
9.00 J
D=
2 0.378 m = 1.08 m
2 0.250 1.00 kg 9.80 m s 2
f D + 2d =

fb

ge

FIG. P8.60

Chapter 8

P8.61

(a)

## Initial compression of spring:

ga f

1
450 N m x
2
x = 0. 400 m
(b)

1 2 1
kx = mv 2
2
2

gb

1
0.500 kg 12.0 m s
2

FIG. P8.61

## FG mgh + 1 mv IJ FG mgh + 1 mv IJ = f aRf

H
K H
K
2
2
b0.500 kgge9.80 m s ja2.00 mf + 12 b0.500 kg gv 12 b0.500 kggb12.0 m sg
= a7.00 N fa fa1.00 mf
T

2
T

2
B

2
T

## 0.250 vT2 = 4.21

vT = 4.10 m s
(c)

Does block fall off at or before top of track? Block falls if a c < g
ac =

a f

4.10
vT2
=
= 16.8 m s 2
R
1.00

## Therefore a c > g and the block stays on the track .

P8.62

Let represent the mass of each one meter of the chain and T
represent the tension in the chain at the table edge. We imagine the
edge to act like a frictionless and massless pulley.
(a)

## For the five meters on the table with motion impending,

Fy = 0 :

+n 5 g = 0

n = 5 g

b g

fs sn = 0.6 5g = 3g

Fx = 0 :

+T f s = 0

T = fs

T 3 g

FIG. P8.62

The maximum value is barely enough to support the hanging segment according to

Fy = 0 :

+T 3 g = 0

T = 3 g

## so it is at this point that the chain starts to slide.

continued on next page

241

242

Potential Energy

(b)

Let x represent the variable distance the chain has slipped since the start.

a f
+n a5 x fg = 0
n = a5 xfg
f = n = 0.4a5 xfg = 2g 0.4xg

## Then length 5 x remains on the table, with now

Fy = 0 :

Consider energies of the chain-Earth system at the initial moment when the chain starts to
slip, and a final moment when x = 5 , when the last link goes over the brink. Measure
heights above the final position of the leading end of the chain. At the moment the final link
slips off, the center of the chain is at y f = 4 meters.
Originally, 5 meters of chain is at height 8 m and the middle of the dangling segment is at
3
height 8 = 6.5 m .
2
K i + U i + Emech = K f + U f :

FG 1 mv + mgyIJ
H2
K
b5g g8 + b3g g6.5 z b2g 0.4xg gdx = 12 b8 gv + b8g g4
b

z
f

0 + m1 gy1 + m 2 gy 2 i f k dx =

5
0

0

a f

2 5

x
2

= 4.00 v 2

a f

## 27.5 g 2.00 g 5.00 + 0.400 g 12.5 = 4.00 v 2

22.5 g = 4.00 v 2

a22.5 mfe9.80 m s j =
2

v=
P8.63

4.00

7.42 m s

## Launch speed is found from

mg

FG 4 hIJ = 1 mv :
H5 K 2
2

v = 2g

FG 4 IJ h
H 5K

v y = v sin

## The height y above the water (by conservation of energy

for the child-Earth system) is found from
mgy =

1
h
mv y2 + mg
2
5

FIG. P8.63

1
mv x2 is constant in projectile motion)
2
1 2 h 1 2
h
y=
vy + =
v sin 2 +
2g
5 2g
5

(since

y=

LM FG IJ OP sin + h =
5
N H KQ

1
4
2g h
2g
5

4
h
h sin 2 +
5
5

Chapter 8

*P8.64

(a)

The length of string between glider and pulley is given by A 2 = x 2 + h02 . Then 2 A
Now

(b)

eK

243

dA
dx
= 2x
+ 0.
dt
dt

dA
dA
x
= v y = v x = cos v x .
is the rate at which string goes over the pulley:
A
dt
dt

+ KB + U g

j = eK
i

0 + 0 + m B g y 30 y 45

+ KB + U g

1
1
= m A v x2 + m B v y2
2
2

Now y 30 y 45 is the amount of string that has gone over the pulley, A 30 A 45 . We have
h
h
h0
h0
sin 30 = 0 and sin 45 = 0 , so A 30 A 45 =

= 0. 40 m 2 2 = 0.234 m .
A 30
A 45
sin 30 sin 45
From the energy equation

## 0.5 kg 9.8 m s 2 0.234 m =

1
1
1.00 kg v x2 + 0.500 kg v x2 cos 2 45
2
2

1.15 J
= 1.35 m s
0.625 kg

vx =

P8.65

(c)

## v y = v x cos = 1.35 m s cos 45 = 0.958 m s

(d)

The acceleration of neither glider is constant, so knowing distance and acceleration at one
point is not sufficient to find speed at another point.

The geometry reveals D = L sin + L sin , 50.0 m = 40.0 m sin 50+ sin , = 28.9
(a)

## From takeoff to alighting for the Jane-Earth system

eK + U j + W = eK + U j
1
mv + mg a L cos f + FDa 1f = 0 + mg b L cos g
2
1
50 kg v + 50 kg e9.8 m s ja 40 m cos 50f 110 Na50 mf = 50 kg e9.8 m s ja 40 m cos 28.9f
2
g

wind

2
i

2
i

1
50 kg vi2 1.26 10 4 J 5.5 10 3 J = 1.72 10 4 J
2

vi =
(b)

2 947 J
= 6.15 m s
50 kg

## For the swing back

g
e

a f

f
f

1
mvi2 + mg L cos + FD +1 = 0 + mg L cos
2
1
130 kg vi2 + 130 kg 9.8 m s 2 40 m cos 28.9 + 110 N 50 m
2

ja

ja

## = 130 kg 9.8 m s 2 40 m cos 50

1
130 kg vi2 4.46 10 4 J + 5 500 J = 3.28 10 4 J
2
vi =

g=

2 6 340 J
130 kg

9.87 m s

244
P8.66

Potential Energy

1
1
mv 2 = kx 2
2
2
2
5.00 kg 1.20 m s
mv
k= 2 =
x
10 2 m 2

## Case I: Surface is frictionless

je

eK + U j = eK + U j
g

= 7. 20 10 2 N m

(b)

11.1 m s
v2
=
ac =
r
6.3 m

(c)

Fy = ma y

1
0 + mgy A = mv B2 + 0
2

## j a0.300fb5.00 kg ge9.80 m s je10

5.00 kg 2 1
v = 7.20 10 2 N m 10 1 m
2
2
v = 0.923 m s
(a)

k = 0.300
1
1
mv 2 = kx 2 k mgx
2
2

*P8.67

gb

= 19.6 m s 2 up

+n B mg = ma c

(d)

## W = Fr cos = 2.23 10 3 N 0.450 m cos 0 = 1.01 10 3 J

(e)

eK + U j
g

+ W = K +Ug

1
1
mv B2 + 0 + 1.01 10 3 J = mv D2 + mg y D y B
2
2
1
1
2
76 kg 11.1 m s + 1.01 10 3 J = 76 kg v D2 + 76 kg 9.8 m s 2 6.3 m
2
2

e5.70 10

J 4.69 10 3 J 2
76 kg

(f)

eK + U j = eK + U j
1
mv + 0 = 0 + mg b y
2
g

2
D

(g)

= v D = 5.14 m s

## where E is the apex of his motion

E yD

y E yD =

5.14 m s
v D2
=
= 1.35 m
2 g 2 9.8 m s 2

Consider the motion with constant acceleration between takeoff and touchdown. The time
is the positive root of
1
y f = yi + v yi t + a y t 2
2
1
2.34 m = 0 + 5.14 m s t + 9.8 m s 2 t 2
2
2
4.9t 5.14t 2.34 = 0

t=

a fa

f=

## 5.14 5.14 2 4 4.9 2.34

9.8

1.39 s

Chapter 8

*P8.68

If the spring is just barely able to lift the lower block from the table, the spring lifts it through no
noticeable distance, but exerts on the block a force equal to its weight Mg. The extension of the
spring, from Fs = kx , must be Mg k . Between an initial point at release and a final point when the
moving block first comes to rest, we have

FG
H

IJ
K

FG
H

IJ
K

FG IJ
H K

0 + mg

c he4m j = m
M=
2c h
Only a positive mass is physical, so we take M = ma3 1f = 2m .
m m 2 4

1
2

1
2

(a)

FG IJ
H K

4mg
Mg
1 Mg
1 4mg
+ k
= 0 + mg
+ k
2
2
k
k
k
k
2 2
2 2
2
2 2
mMg
M g
4m g
8m g

+
=
+
k
k
k
2k
2
M
4m 2 = mM +
2
M2
+ mM 4m 2 = 0
2

K i + U gi + U si = K f + U gf + U sf :

P8.69

245

9m 2

## Take the original point where the ball is

released and the final point where its
upward swing stops at height H and
horizontal displacement

x = L2 L H

= 2LH H 2

## Since the wind force is purely horizontal, it

does work

Wwind = F ds = F dx = F 2LH H 2

FIG. P8.69

## The work-energy theorem can be written:

K i + U gi + Wwind = K f + U gf , or
0 + 0 + F 2LH H 2 = 0 + mgH giving F 2 2LH F 2 H 2 = m 2 g 2 H 2
Here H = 0 represents the lower turning point of the balls oscillation, and the upper limit is
at F 2 2L = F 2 + m 2 g 2 H . Solving for H yields

a f e

H=

2LF 2
2L
=
F + m2 g 2
1 + mg F

As F 0 , H 0 as is reasonable.
As F , H 2L , which would be hard to approach experimentally.
(b)

H=

2 2.00 m

ge

= 1.44 m

246

Potential Energy

(c)

## Call the equilibrium angle with the vertical.

Fx = 0 T sin = F , and
Fy = 0 T cos = mg
Dividing: tan =

F
14.7 N
=
= 0.750 , or = 36.9
mg 19.6 N

f a

fa

(d)

## As F , tan , 90.0 and H eq L

A very strong wind pulls the string out horizontal, parallel to the ground. Thus,

eH j
eq

P8.70

max

=L .

## Call = 180 the angle between the upward vertical and

the radius to the release point. Call v r the speed here. By
conservation of energy

vi = Rg

The path
after string
is cut

K i + U i + E = K r + U r
1
1
mvi2 + mgR + 0 = mv r2 + mgR cos
2
2
gR + 2 gR = v r2 + 2 gR cos

v r = 3 gR 2 gR cos
FIG. P8.70

## The components of velocity at release are v x = v r cos and

v y = v r sin so for the projectile motion we have
x = vxt

1
y = v y t gt 2
2

R sin = v r cos t
R cos = v r sin t

1 2
gt
2

By substitution
R cos = v r sin

R sin g R 2 sin 2

v r cos 2 v r2 cos 2

## sin 2 = 6 cos 4 cos 2 = 1 cos 2

3 cos 2 6 cos + 1 = 0
cos =

6 36 12
6

Only the sign gives a value for cos that is less than one:
cos = 0.183 5

= 79.43

so = 100.6

247

Chapter 8

P8.71

Applying Newtons second law at the bottom (b) and top (t) of the
circle gives
Tb mg =

mv b2

and Tt mg =

Tb = Tt + 2mg +

v b2

vt
mg

mv t2
R
v t2

Tb

R
mg

So,

m v b2 v t2
2

Tt

2
b

v t2

j = 4mg

vb

FIG. P8.71

P8.72

(a)

(b)

## Energy is conserved in the swing of the pendulum, and the

stationary peg does no work. So the balls speed does not
change when the string hits or leaves the peg, and the ball
swings equally high on both sides.
Relative to the point of suspension,

Ui = 0, U f = mg d L d

d
Peg

## From this we find that

1
mg 2d L + mv 2 = 0
2
Also for centripetal motion,
mg =

mv 2
where R = L d .
R

## Upon solving, we get d =

3L
.
5

FIG. P8.72

248
*P8.73

Potential Energy

(a)

At the top of the loop the car and riders are in free
fall:

Fy = ma y :

mg down =
v = Rg

mv 2
down
R

## Energy of the car-riders-Earth system is conserved

between release and top of loop:
K i + U gi = K f + U gf :

0 + mgh =

a f

1
mv 2 + mg 2 R
2

a f

1
Rg + g 2 R
2
h = 2.50 R

gh =

(b)

## Let h now represent the height 2.5 R of the release

point. At the bottom of the loop we have
mgh =

1
mv b2
2

Fy = ma y :

or

v b2 = 2 gh

n b mg =
n b = mg +

mv b2
up
R
m 2 gh

b g
b g
R

a f

1
mv t2 + mg 2 R
2
v t2 = 2 gh 4 gR

Fy = ma y :

n t mg =

FIG. P8.73

mv t2

R
m
2 gh 4 gR
n t = mg +
R
m 2 gh
5mg
nt =
R

b g

n b n t = mg +

m 2 gh
R

6mg .

Chapter 8

*P8.74

(a)

249

## Conservation of energy for the sled-rider-Earth system,

between A and C:
K i + U gi = K f + U gf

1
m 2.5 m s
2
vC =
(b)

ja

1
mvC2 + 0
2

## b2.5 m sg + 2e9.80 m s ja9.76 mf =

2

gb

g b

ja

ge

1
2
80 kg 2.5 m s + 80 kg 9.80 m s 2 9.76 m f k x = 0 + 0
2
f k x = 7.90 10 3 J
7.90 10 3 J 7.90 10 3 N m
=
= 158 N
x
50 m

fk =

## and also a normal force of

n = mg = 80 kg 9.80 m s 2 = 784 N

ge

a158 Nf + a784 Nf
2

## The magnitude of the water force is

(d)

FIG. P8.74(a)

14.1 m s

Incorporating the loss of mechanical energy during the portion of the motion in the water,
we have, for the entire motion between A and D (the riders stopping point),
K i + U gi f k x = K f + U gf :

(c)

+ m 9.80 m s 2 9.76 m =

= 800 N

= sin 1

9.76 m
= 10.4
54.3 m

Fy = ma y :

FIG. P8.74(d)

n B mg cos = 0

ge

## n B = 80.0 kg 9.80 m s 2 cos 10.4 = 771 N

(e)

Fy = ma y :

mvC2
r
nC = 80.0 kg 9.80 m s 2
+nC mg =

b
ge
j
b80.0 kggb14.1 m sg
+
2

20 m

nC = 1.57 10 3 N up

FIG. P8.74(e)

The rider pays for the thrills of a giddy height at A, and a high speed and tremendous splash
at C. As a bonus, he gets the quick change in direction and magnitude among the forces we
found in parts (d), (e), and (c).

250

Potential Energy

P8.2

P8.4

P8.6

1.84 m

P8.42

e7 9x yji 3x j

P8.44

P8.46

## (a) r = 1.5 mm and 3.2 mm, stable; 2.3 mm

and unstable; r neutral;
(b) 5.6 J E < 1 J ; (c) 0.6 mm r 3.6 mm ;
(d) 2.6 J; (e) 1.5 mm; (f) 4 J

P8.48

P8.50

33.4 kW

P8.52

## (a) 0.588 J; (b) 0.588 J; (c) 2.42 m s;

(d) 0.196 J; 0.392 J

P8.8

P8.10

d=

P8.12

P8.14

(a)

kx 2
x
2mg sin

b
bm

g
+m g

2 m1 m 2 gh
1

; (b)

2m1 h
m1 + m 2

P8.16

160 L min

P8.54

0.115

P8.18

40.8

P8.56

P8.20

FG 8 gh IJ
H 15 K

## (a) 100 J; (b) 0.410 m; (c) 2.84 m s ;

(d) 9.80 mm ; (e) 2.85 m s

P8.58

P8.22

P8.24

P8.26

12

P8.60

P8.62

P8.64

## (a) see the solution; (b) 1.35 m s ;

(c) 0.958 m s ; (d) see the solution

P8.28

194 m

P8.30

2.06 kN up

P8.66

0.923 m s

P8.32

168 J

P8.68

2m

P8.34

## (a) 24.5 m s ; (b) yes; (c) 206 m; (d) Air drag

depends strongly on speed.

P8.70

100.6

P8.36

3.92 kJ

P8.72

P8.38

44.1 kW

P8.74

## (a) 14.1 m s; (b) 7.90 J ; (c) 800 N;

(d) 771 N; (e) 1.57 kN up

P8.40

(a)

Ax 2 Bx 3

;
2
3
5 A 19B
19B 5 A
(b) U =

; K =

2
3
3
2