Mechanics: Work, Energy and Power

Work, Energy and Power: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 20:

Pete Zaria works on weekends at Barnaby's Pizza Parlor. His primary responsibility is to fill drink orders for customers. He fills a pitcher full of Cola, places it on the counter top and gives the 2.6-kg pitcher a 8.8 N forward push over a distance of 48 cm to send it to a customer at the end of the counter. The coefficient of friction between the pitcher and the counter top is 0.28.

a. Determine the work done by Pete on the pitcher during the 48 cm push.
b. Determine the work done by friction upon the pitcher .
c. Determine the total work done upon the pitcher .
d. Determine the kinetic energy of the pitcher when Pete is done pushing it.
e. Determine the speed of the pitcher when Pete is done pushing it.

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