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1 Liceo Scientifico Isaac Newton Physics course Potential Energy and mechanical energy conservation Professor Serenella Iacino Read by Cinzia Cetraro

2 1. Gravitational Potential energy 2. Elastic potential energy Potential energy

3 Gravitational potential energy represents the work done by gravity fig.1 h P m W = P s = P h cos 0° = mgh The Potential energy is indicated by the symbol U or only ( E P ). fig.2 m h A A B B h A B B A P W = m g h - m g h = U - U

4 P m A B h=40m fig.3 Lets make an example: W = U - U m g h - m g h = U - U m g 40 – 0 = from which m g = = 625 N (this is the weight). BA AB BA B A

5 Gravitational potential energy depends only on the height h h C B A θ s s h C B A θ s the route ACB the vertical route AB W = P s= P AB = P h cos0°=mgh AB = P AC cos(90°- )+ P CBcos90°= h sen θ θ = mg = mgh W = W + W = P AC + P CB = ACBACCB θ fig.5 fig.4

6 N N P P s s Conservative force v i f v > m v f i 2 W = > 0from which v i f v < m v f i 2 W = < 0 from which fig.6

7 m g h = 1 2 v A 2 m 1 2 v B 2 m N P s N P s AB m v f i 2 = 0 P W = 0 fig.7

8 Elastic potential energy of a compressed spring U = 1 2 K x 2 which represents the work done by the elastic force to pull the spring back towards its original length. We can observe that the work depends only on the compression x and so on the initial and final positions of the spring, therefore the elastic force is a conservative force. However not all forces are conservative.

9 Non conservative forces: fig.8 s s s s DC A B F a F a F a F a W = W + W + W + W = = DA CDBCAB - F a s a s a s - 4 F a s - F a s Friction

10 Mechanical Energy E = U + K the work – energy theorem: sum = m v f i 2 W = K - K fi the difference in potential energy: It is conserved only in systems where conservative forces are involved. W conservative force = U - U if if K - K fi =U + K ff ii =from which we have E initial = E final

11 highest point - highest gravitational potential energy If there is no friction, the Roller Coaster is a demonstration of Energy Conservation. Mechanical energy remains constant. fig.9

12 Spring and energy conservation m v fig.10 v fig.11 When the object compresses the spring, its kinetic energy decreases and is transformed into elastic potential energy. m When the motion is reversed, the potential energy decreases while the kinetic energy increases and when the object leaves the spring, the kinetic energy returns to its initial value.

13 The pinball machine: s fig.12 N P To fire the ball of mass m, suppose we compresse the spring, having a constant equal to K, by length x. Ignoring friction, we want to know what is the launch velocity of the ball. U + K ff ii = 1 2 K x v f 2 m+ 0 = 0 + v f = m 2 K x m s

14 Water Park: hh v 2 v 1 two children, two slides, no friction, same height h, 1 2 v 1 2 m+ 0 = 0 + m g h 1 2 v 2 2 m+ 0 = 0 + m g h U + K ff ii = from which v= 2 2 g h v 1 = and

15 Conservative and non conservative forces: sum =WW cons W non cons + sum W K - K fi = fi = W cons W non cons + W cons = U - U if W non cons + U - U if K - K fi = W non cons U + K ff ii =- E initial - E final W non cons = Law of energy conservation is no longer valid.

16 THE END energy


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