Goal: Problem solving and developing strategic knowledge
You are given this problem:
block sits on a frictionless incline. Given the angle of incline, the
distance along the incline, and that the block is initially at rest,
find the speed after traveling a distance d.
What principle would you use to solve the problem MOST EFFICIENTLY?
- Kinematics only
- F = ma or Newton’s laws
- Work-Energy theorem
- Impulse-Momentum theorem
- Angular Impulse-Angular Momentum
- 1 and 2
- 1 and 3
- 2 and 3
- None of the above
- Not enough information given
(3) The change in gravitational potential can be found directly.
Alternately, the work done by the gravitational force must be equal to
the change in kinetic energy.