Mechanics: Work, Energy and Power
Work, Energy and Power: Audio Guided Solution
A bicycle has a kinetic energy of 124 J. What kinetic energy would the bicycle have if it had …
a. … twice the mass and was moving at the same speed?
b. … the same mass and was moving with twice the speed?
c. … one-half the mass and was moving with twice the speed?
d. … the same mass and was moving with one-half the speed?
e. … three times the mass and was moving with one-half the speed?
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b. 496 J
c. 248 J
d. 31.0 J
e. 93.0 J
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- Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
- Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.
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