Work, Energy and Power

Physics Part I

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Two identical ball bearings in contact with each other and resting on a frictionless table are hit head-on by another ball bearing of the same mass moving initially with a speed *V*. If the collision is elastic, which of the following figure is a possible result after collision?

The total momentum before and after a collision in each case is constant.

For an elastic collision,

Total kinetic energy of a system remains conserved before and after the collision.

For mass of each ball bearing

Total kinetic energy of the system before collision,

=

=

Total kinetic energy of the system after collision,

=

=

Hence, the kinetic energy of the system is not conserved in case (i).

Case (ii)

Total kinetic energy of the system after collision,

=x(2

=

Hence, the kinetic energy of the system is conserved in case (ii).

Case (iii)

Total kinetic energy of the system after collision,

= ()(3

= ()

Hence, the kinetic energy of the system is not conserved in case (iii).

Hence, Case II is the only possibility.

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What are different units of energy?

The different units of energy are :

(i) Joule

(ii) Erg

(iii) eV

(iv) KWh

(v) Calorie.

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Define the unit joule.

Work done is said to be one joule if one newton of force displaces the body through a distance of one meter in the direction of applied force .

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Is work a scalar or a vector quantity?

Work is dot product of two vectors. i.e. .

And dot product is a scalar quantity. Therefore, work is a scalar quantity.

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