Acceleration of gravity

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An object is released from rest and falls in free fall motion. The speed v of the object after it has fallen a distance y is given by 

v2 = 2gy.
 In an experiment, v andy are measured and the measured values are used to calculate g. If the percent uncertainty in the measured value of v is 4.13% and the percent uncertainty in the measured value of y is 5.00%, what is the percent uncertainty in the calculated value of g? (Do not enter units for this answer.)
Oct 3rd, 2015

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Given v^2=2gy   ....(1)

Differentiating this above equation with respect to v, we then have



Dividing both sides with v^2, we have


Grom equation (1), we have

2(dv/v)=(dy/y)+(dg/g)   ----(2)

Given that dy/y=0.05 and dv/v=0.0413

Substituting this in equation(2),  we have




the percent uncertainty in the calculated value of g is 3.26%

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Sep 21st, 2015

Thank you, Could you also help me with this one? 

A small block travels up a frictionless incline that is at an angle of 30.0° above the horizontal. The block has speed 4.21 m/s at the bottom of the incline. Assume 

g = 9.80 m/s2.
 How far up the incline (measured parallel to the surface of the incline) does the block travel before it starts to slide back down? 
Sep 21st, 2015

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Sep 21st, 2015

acceleration on the frictionless incline a==-gsin(30)=-g/2

initial velocty=u=4.21 m/s

Final velocity=v=0

Using kinematics equation, v^2=u^2-2aS

S is the distance travelled by the block.

as v=0, u^2=2aS

S=u^2/2a=4.21^2/2(g/2)=4.21^2/g=17.7241/9.8=1.8 metre

Sep 21st, 2015

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Sep 21st, 2015

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