True or false—While riding a bicycle up a gentle hill, it is fairly easy to increase your potential energy, but to increase your kinetic energy would make you feel exhausted.
Which statement best explains why running on a track with constant speed at 3 m/s is not work, but climbing a mountain at 1 m/s is work?
- At constant speed, change in the kinetic energy is zero but climbing a mountain produces change in the potential energy.
- At constant speed, change in the potential energy is zero, but climbing a mountain produces change in the kinetic energy.
- At constant speed, change in the kinetic energy is finite, but climbing a mountain produces no change in the potential energy.
- At constant speed, change in the potential energy is finite, but climbing a mountain produces no change in the kinetic energy.
True or false—The formula for gravitational potential energy can be used to explain why joules, J, are equivalent to kg × mg2 / s2 . Show your work.
True or false—A marble rolls down a slope from height h1 and up another slope to height h2, where (h2 < h1). The difference mg(h1 – h2) is equal to the heat lost due to the friction.
Why would you expect the lever shown in the top image to have a greater efficiency than the inclined plane shown in the bottom image?
- The resistance arm is shorter in case of the inclined plane.
- The effort arm is shorter in case of the inclined plane.
- The area of contact is greater in case of the inclined plane.
Why is the wheel on a wheelbarrow not a simple machine in the same sense as the simple machine in the image?
- The wheel on the wheelbarrow has no fulcrum.
- The center of the axle is not the fulcrum for the wheels of a wheelbarrow.
- The wheelbarrow differs in the way in which load is attached to the axle.
- The wheelbarrow has less resistance force than a wheel and axle design.
A worker pulls down on one end of the rope of a pulley system with a force of 75 N to raise a hay bale tied to the other end of the rope. If she pulls the rope down 2.0 m and the bale raises 1.0 m, what else would you have to know to calculate the efficiency of the pulley system?
- the weight of the worker
- the weight of the hay bale
- the radius of the pulley
- the height of the pulley from ground
True or false—A boy pushed a box with a weight of 300 N up a ramp. He said that, because the ramp was 1.0 m high and 3.0 m long, he must have been pushing with force of exactly 100 N.