Physics Practice Problems Intro to Conservation of Energy Practice Problems Solution: At time t i, the kinetic energy of a particle is 3...

Solution: At time t i, the kinetic energy of a particle is 30.0 J and the potential energy of the system to which it belongs is 10.0 J. At some later time tf, the kinetic energy of the particle is 18.0 J.(a) If only conservative forces act on the particle, what are the potential energy and the total energy of the system at time tf?(b) If the potential energy of the system at time tf is 5.00 J, are any nonconservative forces acting on the particle?(c) Explain your answer to part (b).

Problem

At time t i, the kinetic energy of a particle is 30.0 J and the potential energy of the system to which it belongs is 10.0 J. At some later time tf, the kinetic energy of the particle is 18.0 J.
(a) If only conservative forces act on the particle, what are the potential energy and the total energy of the system at time tf?
(b) If the potential energy of the system at time tf is 5.00 J, are any nonconservative forces acting on the particle?
(c) Explain your answer to part (b).