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Conservation of Energy on an Inclined Track

As the cart rolls freely up and then back down the track, mechanical energy changes form from kinetic energy to gravitational energy, and then back again.

Position and velocity of the cart are both graphed vs. time. Potential energy, kinetic energy, and total mechanical energy are then calculated and graphed for the entire motion.

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Conservation of Energy on an Inclined Track