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# Selby energy in a mousetrap

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### Selby energy in a mousetrap

1. 1. Energy in a Mousetrap<br />
2. 2. What forms of energy are present in this system?<br /> Heat<br />Forward motion<br />Potential energy in the trap<br />
3. 3. Heat<br />Heat is present because when the mousetrap snaps then with the friction heat is created.<br />
4. 4. Forward Motion<br />In most mousetraps, forward motion is a necessity. <br />
5. 5. Potential energy in the trap<br /> When the mousetrap is set, then the energy from that is stored as potential energy. The release of the energy makes the vehicle move forward.<br />
6. 6. Does the Energy Change over time?<br />Yes, the energy changes over time. In our mousetrap, the energy decreased. Our vehicle had a sudden jump forward, but then it immediately stopped. We needed consistent energy.<br />
7. 7. Potential energy in the compressed spring  Kinetic Energy of Clamp Moving  Kinetic Energy of Wheels Moving forward  Friction  <br />
8. 8. What specific changes take place? <br />The changes that took place were the end of the momentum. The trap snapped and then the energy immediately stopped because the energy wasn’t conveyed to the wheels.<br />
9. 9. What role does power play in your system?<br /> Power was present but small because the forward movement was very abrupt and then dissipated quickly, the remaining power went downward. <br />
10. 10. How would our system change is power increased or decreased?<br />Our system would have changed because if it increased our system would have actually moved forward.<br />