Mechanics: Work, Energy and Power

Work, Energy and Power: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 14:

Chloe leads South’s varsity softball team in hitting. In a game against New Greer Academy this past weekend, Chloe slugged the 181-gram softball so hard that it cleared the outfield fence and landed on Lake Avenue. At one point in its trajectory, the ball was 28.8 m above the ground and moving with a speed of 19.7 m/s. Determine the total mechanical energy of the softball.

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Habits of an Effective Problem Solver

  • Read the problem carefully and develop a mental picture of the physical situation. If necessary, sketch a simple diagram of the physical situation to help you visualize it.
  • Identify the known and unknown quantities in an organized manner. Equate given values to the symbols used to represent the corresponding quantity - e.g., vo = 0 m/s; a = 4.2 m/s/s; vf = 22.9 m/s; d = ???.
  • Use physics formulas and conceptual reasoning to plot a strategy for solving for the unknown quantity.
  • Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
  • Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.

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