Physics 163

Unit 5: Work, Energy and Power

Problem Set C

Problem 9:

A physics teacher does 36.2 Joules of work on a 2.81-kg pile of snow to both lift it off the ground and to set it into motion. The pile of snow leaves the shovel with a speed of 2.1 m/s. What is the height (in m) of the snow when it leaves the shovel? Enter your answer accurate to the third decimal place.

• Read the problem carefully and diagram the physical situation (initial-final state diagram and/or work-energy bar chart)
• Identify known and unknown information in an organized manner (write on diagram)
• Take the time to plot out a strategy prior to beginning the solution (cancel terms in work-energy equation and perform conversions when necessary)
• Identify an appropriate formula to use
• Perform step-by-step algebraic manipulations

0.5 • m • vi2 + m • g • h i + F • d • cos = 0.5 • m • vf2 + m • g • h f

General information about work and energy problems is described on the Set C Overview page.

A detailed discussion of how to analyze physical situations using work-energy bar charts is provided online at The Physics Classroom.

A detailed description of the work-energy relationships for situation in which external forces are doing work is provided online at The Physics Classroom.