Exploration 6.1: An Operational Definition of Work
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This Exploration allows you to discover how work causes changes in kinetic energy. Restart.
Drag "handy" to the front and/or the back of the cart to impart a force (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds). Look at the force cos(θ) vs. position graph as well as the final velocity.
- What can you say about the relationship between the force applied and the work done?
- How does the application of the force change the kinetic energy?
- What happens when the mass changes?
Make sure to push from both sides when the cart is both stationary and moving to the left and to the right.