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Chapter 6 Power and Energy. What You Need to Know. Energy Facts. There are different types of energy Energy of all types is measured in Joules Law of Conservation of Energy – Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, merely changed from one form to another.

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Chapter 6 power and energy

Chapter 6Power and Energy

What You Need to Know

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Energy facts
Energy Facts

  • There are different types of energy

  • Energy of all types is measured in Joules

  • Law of Conservation of Energy – Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, merely changed from one form to another

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Types of energy unit overview
Types of Energy(Unit Overview)

  • Mechanical Potential Energy

    • Energy of Position

      • Gravitational

      • Elastic

  • Kinetic Energy

    • Energy of Motion

      • If it moves it has kinetic energy

  • Heat Energy

    • Heat is a form of Energy Transfer

  • Other Forms of Stored Energy

    • Chemical

      • Fuels - usually release energy by combustion

      • Food – energy released by digestion

    • Electrical

      • Generated from other forms of energy

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  • The Physics definition of work requires a displacement, i.e. an object must be moved in order for work to be done!

  • The Applied force which causes the displacement contributes to the work, i.e. in order to contribute to the work, the applied force must be parallel to the displacement.

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Work a mathematical definition
Work: A Mathematical Definition

  • Work = (Force)(Displacement)

  • Units of Work = (Newton)(Meter)

  • 1 Newton•Meter = 1 Joule

  • A Joule is a unit of Energy and it takes energy to do work and work done on an object either causes it to move (kinetic energy) or is stored (potential energy)

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Sample problem
Sample Problem

  • What work is done sliding a 200 Newton box across the room if the frictional force is 160 Newtons and the room is 5 meters wide?

    W = Ff • ΔX = (160 N)(5 m)

    800 Joules

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Kinetic energy
Kinetic Energy

  • Kinetic Energy is energy of Motion

    • Any moving object has kinetic energy

    • Dependent on the mass of the object and its velocity.

    • Mathematically expressed as:

      Ek = ½ mv2

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Sample problem1
Sample Problem

  • What is the kinetic energy of a car with a mass of 2000 kg moving at 30 m/s?

  • Ek = ½ mv2 = (½)(2000 kg)(30 m/s)2

    = 900,000 Joules

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Energy of position gravitational potential energy
Energy of Position:Gravitational Potential Energy

  • Occurs due to the accelerating force of gravity

  • Is determined by the position of the object in the gravitational field

  • Mathematically determined by: Ep = mgh where m is mass, g is the acceleration due to gravity and h is the height above a determined baseline.

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Sample problem2
Sample Problem

  • What is the potential energy of a 10 kg rock sitting on a cliff 30 meters high? The acceleration due to gravity is 9.8 m/s2.

  • Ep = mgh = (10 kg)(9.8 m/s2)(30 m)

    2940 Joules

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Elastic potential energy
Elastic Potential Energy

  • Bungee cords, rubber bands, springs any object that has elasticity can store potential energy.

  • Each of these objects has a rest or “zero potential” position

    • When work is done to stretch or compress the object to a different position elastic potential energy is stored

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Elastic potential energy1
Elastic Potential Energy

  • Top picture is “rest position”; x = 0

    • This is a point where the elastic potential energy = 0

  • Bottom picture is “stretched position”

    • Here elastic potential energy is stored in the spring

    • Ep = ½ kx2 where k is the “spring constant” in N/m

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Sample problem3
Sample Problem

  • What is the Elastic potential energy of a car spring that has been stretched 0.5 meters? The spring constant for the car spring is 90 N/m.

  • Ep = ½ kx2 = (½)(90 N/m)(0.5 m)2

    =11.25 Joules

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Where does k come from
Where Does “K” Come From?

  • K is measured in Newtons/meter. It is defined as the force required to displace a spring 1 meter. So:

    K = F/x

  • Often K is determined by hanging a known weight from the spring and measuring how much it is stretched from its rest postion.

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Sample problem4
Sample Problem

  • A spring is hung from a hook and a 10 Newton weight is hung from the spring. The spring stretches 0.25 meters.

  • What is the spring constant?

  • If this spring were compressed 0.5 meters, how much energy would be stored?

  • If this spring were used to power a projectile launcher, which fires a 0.2 kg projectile, with what velocity would the projectile leave the launcher? Assume 0.5 m compression.

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K = F/x

K =10 N/0.25 m = 40 N/m

Ep = ½ Kx2

Ep = ½ (40 N/m)(0.5 m)2 = 5 Joules

Ep = Ek = ½ mv2

5 Joules = ½ (0.2 kg)(v2)

V = 7.05 m/s

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  • Power = Work/time = Joules/Second

  • Mathematically there are two formulas for Power:

or since


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Sample problem5
Sample Problem

  • What power is developed by a 55 kg person who does 20 chin ups, h = 3 m, in 45 seconds?

  • P= w/t = FΔd/t = mgh/t

    (20(55 kg)(9.8 m/s2)(3 m))/45 sec

    = 718.6 Watts

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Problem types
Problem Types

  • Work

  • Work at an angle

  • Kinetic Energy

  • Gravitational Potential

  • Elastic Potential

  • Conservation

  • Power

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