Exploration 6.1: An Operational Definition of Work

m = kg

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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.

  1. What can you say about the relationship between the force applied and the work done?
  2. How does the application of the force change the kinetic energy?
  3. 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.

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