## Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

Published by Pearson

# Chapter 7 - Section 7.6 - Potential-Energy Curves - Conceptual Example - Page 121: 7.1

#### Answer

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#### Work Step by Step

Each of the graphs in the book have a horizontal line on them, which represents the total energy. The roller coaster can never go above these peaks, for the mechanical energy is said to be conserved. In graph a, the horizontal line is above the whole curve, so the roller coaster goes from point a to point d. In diagram b, the horizontal line intersects the graph at about point c. Thus, once it gets to point c, the roller coaster will go back and forth between point c and the initial point where the horizontal line intersects the curve. In diagram c, the horizontal line intersects the graph at about point b. Thus, once it gets to point b, the roller coaster will go back and forth between point b and the initial point where the horizontal line intersects the curve.

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