Assume that the force of a bow on an arrow behaves like the spring force. In aiming the arrow, an archer pulls the bow back 50. cm and holds

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Assume that the force of a bow on an arrow behaves like the spring force. In aiming the arrow, an archer pulls the bow back 50. cm and holds it in position with a force of 150 N. If the mass of the arrow is 50. g and the “spring” is massless, what is the speed of the arrow immediately after it leaves the bow?

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2 months 2021-07-30T01:33:55+00:00 1 Answers 2 views 0

v = 38.73 m/s

Explanation:

Given

Extension of the bow, x = 50 cm = 0.5 m

Force of the arrow, F = 150 N

Mass of the arrow, m = 50 g = 0.05 kg

speed of arrow, v = ? m/s

We start by finding the spring constant

Remember, F = kx, so

k = F/x

k = 150 / 0.5

k = 300 N/m

the potential energy if the bow when pulled back is

E = 1/2kx²

E = 1/2 * 300 * 0.5²

E = 0.5 * 300 * 0.25

E = 37.5 J

The speed of the arrow will now be found by using the law of conservation of energy

1/2kx² = 1/2mv²

kx² = mv²

v² = kx²/m, on substituting, we have

v² = (300 * 0.5²) / 0.05

v² = 75 / 0.05

v² = 1500

v = √1500

v = 38.73 m/s