# What Do You Know About Mechanical Energy? Trivia Quiz

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### Which of the following is true of the conservation of energy in a closed system?

• A.

Kinetic energy is always conserved.

• B.

Potential energy is always conserved.

• C.

Mechanical energy is always conserved.

• D.

Total energy is always conserved.

D. Total energy is always conserved.
Explanation
The conservation of energy in a closed system means that the total energy within the system remains constant. This means that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred or transformed from one form to another. Kinetic energy and potential energy can both be converted into other forms of energy, such as thermal or electrical energy, but the total amount of energy in the system remains the same. Therefore, the statement that total energy is always conserved is correct.

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### Mechanical energy is not conserved when

• A.

Gravitational potential energy is converted to kinetic energy.

• B.

Kinetic energy is converted to gravitational potential energy.

• C.

Kinetic energy is converted to elastic potential energy.

• D.

Friction is not negligible.

D. Friction is not negligible.
Explanation
When friction is not negligible, mechanical energy is not conserved. Friction is a force that opposes motion and causes energy to be converted into other forms, such as heat and sound. This conversion of energy leads to a decrease in the total mechanical energy of a system. Therefore, when friction is present and significant, mechanical energy is not conserved.

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### If mechanical energy is conserved in a system, the energy at any point in time can be in the form of

• A.

Kinetic energy.

• B.

Gravitational potential energy.

• C.

Elastic potential energy.

• D.

All of the above

D. All of the above
Explanation
If mechanical energy is conserved in a system, it means that the total energy of the system remains constant over time. This conservation allows for the energy to be converted between different forms. In this case, the energy at any point in time can be in the form of kinetic energy, which is the energy of motion. It can also be in the form of gravitational potential energy, which is the energy associated with an object's position in a gravitational field. Lastly, it can be in the form of elastic potential energy, which is the energy stored in a stretched or compressed object. Therefore, all of the above options are correct.

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### Which of the following is not a form of mechanical energy?

• A.

Kinetic energy

• B.

Chemical potential energy

• C.

Gravitational potential energy

• D.

Elastic potential energy

B. Chemical potential energy
Explanation
Chemical potential energy is not a form of mechanical energy because it is associated with the potential energy stored in the chemical bonds of a substance. Mechanical energy, on the other hand, is the energy possessed by an object due to its motion or position. Kinetic energy is the energy of motion, gravitational potential energy is the energy stored in an object due to its height above the ground, and elastic potential energy is the energy stored in a stretched or compressed object.

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### Which of the following is evidence that frictional forces are present in a system?

• A.

Interactions in the system cause an increase in temperature.

• B.

Interactions in the system produce sound.

• C.

Mechanical energy is not conserved.

• D.

All of the above

D. All of the above
Explanation
The correct answer is "all of the above". This is because an increase in temperature is a result of frictional forces converting mechanical energy into thermal energy. The production of sound is also evidence of frictional forces as it is caused by the vibrations and interactions between surfaces. Lastly, the fact that mechanical energy is not conserved indicates the presence of frictional forces, as they can cause energy to be lost or converted into other forms.

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