Lesson: The Mechanical Energy of a PendulumPhysics
In this lesson, we will learn how to calculate the gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy of a pendulum at different points in its motion.
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In one complete oscillation of a pendulum, how many times does the pendulum have its peak kinetic energy?
Each of the following diagrams shows a pendulum at different points in its motion. Which diagram shows the point where the pendulum has the most kinetic energy?
A pendulum with a mass of 5.00 kg and a length of 0.800 m has a kinetic energy of 2.60 J when it passes through its equilibrium position. What is the maximum angle to the vertical that the pendulum reaches? Use a value of 9.81 m/s2 for the acceleration due to gravity. Give your answer to 3 significant figures.