# [SOLVED] A sailboat of mass

• Jul 26th 2006, 11:12 AM
paulina
[SOLVED] A sailboat of mass
A sailboat of mass m is moving with a momentum p. which of the following represents its kinetic energy?
a) mp
b) p2/2m
c) mp/3
d) 1/2 mp2
c) mp/2
• Jul 26th 2006, 11:27 AM
earboth
Quote:

Originally Posted by paulina
A sailboat of mass m is moving with a momentum p. which of the following represents its kinetic energy?
a) mp
b) p2/2m
c) mp/3
d) 1/2 mp2
c) mp/2

Hello, paulina,

$p=m\cdot v\ \Longrightarrow\ v=\frac{p}{m}$

The kinetic energy is $E_{kin}=\frac{1}{2}\cdot m\cdot v^2$. Plug in v into E and you'll get:

$E_{kin}=\frac{1}{2}\cdot m\cdot \left(\frac{p}{m}\right)^2$ = $\frac{p^2}{2m}$

Greetings

EB
• Jul 26th 2006, 12:10 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by paulina
A sailboat of mass m is moving with a momentum p. which of the following represents its kinetic energy?
a) mp
b) p2/2m
c) mp/3
d) 1/2 mp2
c) mp/2

Sloppy question $\bold{p}$ is a vector quantity, $KE$ is a scalar, but the wording seems to treat the two of them as if they are scalars

Also what is meant by $\bold{p}^2$ is not specified, presumably it means $|\bold{p}|^2$.

RonL
• Jul 26th 2006, 12:50 PM
topsquark
Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
Sloppy question $\bold{p}$ is a vector quantity, $KE$ is a scalar, but the wording seems to treat the two of them as if they are scalars

Also what is meant by $\bold{p}^2$ is not specified, presumably it means $|\bold{p}|^2$.

RonL

In Physics, $\bold{p}^2$ is defined to be the Euclidean dot product (unless otherwise stated), thus there is no ambiguity.

Note that the scalar vs. vector argument can be used to throw out answers a), c), and c) :eek: .

-Dan