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RolyPolyBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
First question, why is \(U_i=mgh_f\) instead of \(U_i = mgh_i\)?
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that is the total energy of the system!! the energy of the system is constant if there were no other forces acting. i.e. Kinetic Energy + Potential Energy = constant = total energy now given that the pendulum starts from rest at height h_i, K.E. = 0, total energy = P.E
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RolyPolyBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
But with the initial height hi, isn't the PE = \(mgh_i\)? Why is it \(mgh_f\)?
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dw:1353427300243:dw
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Initial PE = mg(llcosθi) = mgl (1cosθi) Final PE = mg(llcosθf)= mgl(1cosθf) PE loss = change in PE = mgl[(1cosθf)  (1cosθi)] = mgl(cosθi  cosθf) ??
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dw:1353430286611:dw
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since l is defined as the distanced from pivoted point to the center of mass ... the energy of the system is \( mgl (1  \cos \theta) \) ... this is the total energy of the system ... probably experiment expects you to observe until the blob halt's to move.
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