# Worksheet: Conservative and Nonconservative Forces

Q1:

Consider a particle on which several forces act, one of which is known to be constant in time: . As a result, the particle moves along the -axis from to in some time interval. What is the work done by ?

Q2:

Consider a particle on which several forces act, one of which is known to be constant in time: . As a result, the particle moves along a straight path from a Cartesian coordinate of (0 m, 0 m) to (5.0 m, 6.0 m). What is the work done by ?

Q3:

A force corresponds to the potential energy function J. Find the force exerted at the position m.

Q4:

You are in a room in a basement with a smooth concrete floor and a nice rug. The rug is 3 m wide and 4 m long. You have to push a very heavy box from one corner of the rug to its opposite corner. The magnitude of friction between the box and the rug is 55 N, but the magnitude of friction between the box and the concrete floor is only 40 N. Will you do more work against friction going around the floor or across the rug? How much extra work would it take?

• AAcross the rug, 5 J
• BAcross the rug, 275 J
• CAround the floor, 280 J
• DAround the floor, 5 J
• EAround the floor, 275 J

Q5:

A two-dimensional conservative force has a magnitude of zero at all points on the -axis and the -axis and satisfies the condition . What is the magnitude of at the point m?

Q6:

A helicopter is hovering at an altitude of 1.00 km when a panel from its undercarriage comes loose and falls toward Earth, as shown in the diagram. Just before the panel hits the ground, it has a speed of 45.0 m/s. What energy was dissipated by atmospheric drag during the panelβs fall?

Q7:

A particle moving in the -plane is subject to a force given by where and are in meters. With this force applied to the particle, it moves in a straight line from a point with the position m to a point with the position m. How much work is done on the particle by the force?

Q8:

The force N and the force N, where and are constants with appropriate units.

If is the derivative of the -component of with respect to and is the derivative of the -component of with respect to , what is the ratio of to ?

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If is the derivative of the -component of with respect to and is the derivative of the -component of with respect to , what is the ratio of to ?

Q9:

The force on a particle with a mass of 1.5 kg varies with position according to N. At a position m, the bodyβs speed is 3.7 m/s in the positive -direction.

Calculate the mechanical energy of the particle, taking the origin as the point of zero potential.

Calculate the particleβs velocity at the position m, taking the origin as the point of zero potential.

Calculate the mechanical energy of the particle, taking the position m as the point of zero potential.

Calculate the particleβs velocity at the position m, taking the position m as the point of zero potential.

Q10:

The potential energy for a particle undergoing one-dimensional motion along the -axis is , where is measured in joules and is measured in meters. The particle has a constant mechanical energy J.

What positive region along the -axis is the particleβs motion confined to?

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What is the position of the stable equilibrium point on the positive -axis for the particle?

What positive region along the -axis is the particleβs motion confined to if its mechanical energy is a constant 0.25 J?

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Q11:

A force acts on an object as the object moves along a parabolic curve, from a point with the position m to a point with the position m. Find the work done by the force.

Q12:

A particle is acted on by several forces, one of which is known to be constant in time, N. The particle moves first along the -axis from m to m, and then parallel to the -axis from m to m. What is the magnitude of the work done by ?

Q13:

How much work is done by a force given by N on a particle as the particle moves along the -axis from m to m?

Q14:

The mechanical energy, , of an object, is equal to the sum of its kinetic energy, , and its potential energy,

The energy dissipated by non-conservative forces acting upon an object is the change in the mechanical energy, . A particle of mass 1 kg moves from point A to point B, and is acted upon by a non-conservative force as it does so, losing energy. If the object had a mechanical energy of 4 J at point A, what value of potential energy, , must it have had in order to move at a constant velocity of 2 m/s between points A and B.

Q15:

An 85.0 kg cross-country skier is climbing a slope at a constant speed of 1.50 m/s and encounters air resistance of 20.0 N.

Find his power output for work done against the gravitational force and air resistance.

What average force does he exert backward on the snow to accomplish this?

If he continues to exert the same force backward on the snow and to experience the same air resistance when he reaches a level area, how long will it take him to reach a velocity of 10.0 m/s?

Q16:

A particle of mass 2.0 kg moves under the influence of the force . If its speed at is , what is its speed at ?

Q17:

A force acts on a particle. How much work does the force do on the particle as it moves from to ?

Q18:

Consider a particle on which a force acts that depends on the position of the particle, N. Find the magnitude of the work done by this force when the particle moves along a parabolic path from a point with the position to a point with the position .

Q19:

A 4.0-kg particle moving along the -axis is acted upon by the force whose functional form appears in the figure. The velocity of the particle at is .

Find the particleβs speed at .

Find the particleβs speed at .

Find the particleβs speed at .

Q20:

A force N acts on a body of mass 0.62 kg. At a position m, the body s speed is 3.7 m/s. What is the speed of the body at the position m?

Q21:

A force acts on a particle as it moves along the positive -axis.

How much work does the force do on the particle to move the particle from to ?

Taking the potential energy of the particle to be zero at , find the potential energy of the particle at .

Q22:

A particle with a mass is suspended from a string of negligible mass and a length of 1.0 m, as shown in the diagram. The particle is displaced to a position where the taut string is at an angle of from the vertical, and the particle is released from rest at that position. The particle moves through an arc, where the lowest point of the arc is the point .

What is the instantaneous speed of the particle at point ?

What is the vertically upward displacement of the particle from point when its instantaneous speed is 0.81 m/s?

Q23:

A particle moves along a curved path , from to , subject to a tangential force of variable magnitude . How much work does the force do? (Hint: Consult a table of integrals or use a numerical integration program.)

Q24:

A particle of mass 0.75 kg has a constant mechanical energy of and a potential energy given by . The particle is at rest at .

Find the position of the particle at if the value of is 15 N/m.

If the particle initially has zero potential energy, what is its initial speed?

Q25:

The potential energy of a particle due to conservative forces acting on it is given by , where , and no nonconservative forces act on it. The particle is moving along the -axis and its total energy at is 2 J. At a point on the positive -axis, the particle has zero kinetic energy.

What is the value of ?

What magnitude force acts on the particle at ?

If the kinetic energy of the particle is 1 J at , what magnitude force acts on it at that point?