1)    What are some different units for energy?

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2)    What are the types of energy and how are they measured?


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3)    What are the types of mechanical energy?


Gravitational Potential, Elastic Potential, Kinetic.

4)    Describe the energy changes in a jack in a box ( a bobble head on a spring with friction). How would this look on a graph?






5)    Which type of mechanical energy does NOT depend on position?

Kinetic Energy depends only on mass and speed.


6)    Give a typical amount of Calories of mechanical energy likely to be used by a typical teenager per week. How would this be calculated?

Anywhere from 12,000 Cal to 30,000 Calories.

Energy =Kinetic plus GPE plus Work or add up all activities.


7)    What is the work done if I lift a 20 kg object 3 meters, then carry it at a constant speed horizontally for 5 meters?

Work is Force times Dis in direction of motion. Force of Gravity=Weight= 20*9.8=196N

Work = 196N*3 m= 588 Joules. No work is done by carrying it horizontally.



8)    What is the purpose of a simple machine?

To multiply force (or sometimes to multiply time/distance). Work in usually equals work out.


9)    Explain why all simple machines are really either levers or ramps:

Ramps: Planes, Screws, Wedges

Levers: :levers, wheel/axle, pulley, gear




10)  A parachutist with a mass of 40.0 kg jumps out of an airplane at an altitude of

5000 m. After the parachute deploys, the parachutist lands with a velocity of 6.00

m/s. Using the work–kinetic energy theorem, find the energy that was lost to air resistance

during this jump.


Mgh + mv2= mgh + mv2

40*9.8*5000 + 0 = 0 + (40)(6)2

1,960,000 Joules start, 720 Joules end, lost 1959280 Joules!



11)  A lever with an effort arm of 4 cm, and a resistance arm of 8 cm is attached to a 2 string pulley holding a 4 kg mass. If it takes 60 Newtons of force to push on the lever to lift the mass then find:

Work In:           Work Out:         Ideal mech Advantage:   Actual Mech Advantage:             Efficiency

 Lever IMA= 4/8=.5, Pulley IMA = 2:1, machine IMA = 1:1

Actual Mech Advant= Fout/Fin = (4)*9.8/ 60 = 39.2/60 = .6533

Efficiency = AMA/IMA= .6533/1 = 65.33 %



12)  A force of 1250 N is needed to move a crate weighing 3270 N up a ramp that is 4.55 m

long. If the elevated end of the ramp is 0.750 m high, what is the efficiency of the ramp?

Efficiency=WorkOut/WorkIn = (3270*.75)/(1250*4.55) = 2452.5 J / 5687.5 J = 43.1%




13) A spring is pulled back from rest 20 cm with 40 N of force. If it hits a 3 kg mass, what is its starting elastic energy? How fast is it going when it leaves the spring? (no friction). How high does it go?

X=.2 m, F = 40N k = F/x=200 N/m, EPE = 1/2Kx2= *(200)*(.2)2= 4 Joules

4 Joules = KE = 1/2mv2= *(3)*v2, v = sqrt(2*4/3) = 1.633 m/s = v

4 Joules = GPE = 4 = mgh = 3*9.8*h, h = 4/(3*9.8)= 4/29.4=.136 m=h



14) ) A still person with a mass of 156 kilogram catches a 9 kilogram ball going 30 meters/second, which causes him to roll down a hill (starting at 1.636 m/s) .  What is the total energy after the collision?     If they are on the top of a 2 meter tall hill, what is the velocity at the bottom of the hill?

Before collision E= GPEball+ KE ball+GPE person = 156*9.8*2+9*9.8*2+1/2*9*302

                                                                        = 3057.6 +176.4 + 4050=7284 Joules

AFTER collision E = GPE + KE = 165*9.8*2 + * 165* 1.6362=3234J+220.8=

3454.8 Joules

At bottom E= 3454.8J = KE=1/2mv2= *165*v2,

                        V= sqrt (2*3454.8/165)=6.47 m/s