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- 1. MechanicsTopic 2.3 Work, Energy and Power
- 2. Work A simple definition of work is the force multiplied by the distance moved However this does not take in to account of the case when the force applied is not in the direction of the motion Here we have to calculate the component of the force doing the work in the direction moved i.e. Work is equal to the magnitude of the component of the force in the direction moved multiplied by the distance moved
- 3. Work = Fs = Fs cosθWhere F is the force F s is the displacement θ is the angle between the force and the direction θ s
- 4. The SI unit of work is the newton-metre(Nm) and it is called the joule (J)Work is a scalar quantity
- 5. Force-displacement Graphs The area under any force-displacement graph is the work doneforce Area = work done displacement
- 6. Energy and Power Kinetic Energy This is the energy that a body possesses by virtue of its motion If the mass of a body is m and its velocity is v then its kinetic energy, Ek = ½ m v2
- 7. Energy and Power Gravitational Potential Energy This is the energy that a body possesses by virtue of its position in the gravitational field If the mass of a body is m and its height above a fixed position is h then its change in gravitational potential energy, ∆Ep = mg∆h where g = the acceleration due to gravity
- 8. The Principle of Conservationof Energy Energy can be transformed from one form to another, but it cannot be created nor destroyed, i.e. the total energy of a system is constant Energy is measured in joules and it is a scalar quantity
- 9. Types of EnergyKineticGravitational PotentialElasticHeat (often refered to as internal)LightSoundElectricalChemicalNuclear
- 10. Energy and Power Elastic Potential Energy This is the energy that a body possesses by virtue of its position from the equilibrium condition of the spring If the mass of a body is m and its displacement from the equilibrium position is s then its elastic potential energy, ∆E elas = ½ k s2 where k = the spring constant
- 11. In Mechanical Situations Falling objects and roller coaster rides are situations where Ep + Ek = constant if we ignore the effects of air resistance and friction. Inclined planes and falling objects can often be solved more simply using this principle rather than the kinematics equations
- 12. In all collisions and explosions momentum isconserved, but generally there is a loss ofkinetic energy, usually to internal energy(heat) and to a small extent to soundIn an inelastic collision there is a loss ofkinetic energy (momentum is still conserved)In an elastic collision the kinetic energy isconserved (as well as momentum)
- 13. Power Power is the rate of working Power = work time P = ∆W ∆t The unit of power is the joule per second (Js-1) which is called the watt (W)
- 14. Power and Velocity Since ∆W = Fs And power developed P = ∆W ∆t Then P = Fs ∆t But s = velocity ∆t Therefore P = Fv
- 15. Efficiency Efficiency is defined as the ratio of the useful output to the total input This can be calculated using energy or power values as long as you are consistent Efficiency is normally expressed as a percentage

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