Lab 3.1: Mechanical Energy of a Cart on an Inclined Plane
Is energy conserved for a cart rolling down an inclined plane on a frictionless surface?
The purpose of this lab is to use use previous knowledge of velocity to perform kinetic energy calculations, make calculations of gravitational potential energy and to determine what affects GPE and KE more.
The mechanical energy, the sum of the kinetic energy and gravitational potential energy, is said to be conserved for an object moving only under the influence of the gravitational force. That is, the mechanical energy remains constant throughout the motion of the object. This is known as the conservation of mechanical energy.
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Procedure (well ... part of it)
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