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NCERT Solutions For Class 11 Physics Work Energy and Power

NCERT Class 11 Physics Chapter wise Solutions

  • 1 – Physical World
  • 2 – Units and Measurements
  • 3 – Motion in a Straight line
  • 4 – Motion in a Plane
  • 5 – Laws of Motion
  • 6 – Work, Energy and Power
  • 7 – System of Particles and Rotational motion
  • 8 – Gravitation
  • 9 – Mechanical Properties of Solids
  • 10 – Mechanical properties of fluids
  • 11 – Thermal Properties of matter
  • 12 – Thermodynamics
  • 13 – Kinetic Theory
  • 14 – Oscillations
  • 15 – Waves


  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 Notions of work and kinetic energy : The work-energy theorem
  • 6.3 Work
  • 6.4 Kinetic energy
  • 6.5 Work done by a variable force
  • 6.6 The work-energy theorem for a variable force
  • 6.7 The concept of potential energy
  • 6.8 The conservation of mechanical energy
  • 6.9 The potential energy of a spring
  • 6.10 Various forms of energy : the law of conservation of energy
  • 6.11 Power
  • 6.12 Collisions

NCERT Solutions For Class 11 Physics Work Energy and Power

1. The sign of work done by a force on a body is important to understand. State carefully if the following quantities are positive or negative:

(a) Work done by a man in lifting a bucket out of a well by means of a rope tied to the bucket.

(b) Work done by gravitational force in the above case,

(c) Work done by friction on a body sliding down an inclined plane,

(d) Work done by an applied force on a body moving on a rough horizontal plane with uniform velocity,

(e) Work done by the resistive force of air on a vibrating pendulum in bringing it to rest.

2. A body of mass 2 kg initially at rest moves under the action of an applied horizontal force of 7 N on a table with coefficient of kinetic friction = 0.1.

Compute the

(a) Work done by the applied force in 10 s,

(b) Work done by friction in 10 s,

(c) Work done by the net force on the body in 10 s,

(d) Change in kinetic energy of the body in 10 s, and interpret your results.

3. Given in Fig. 6.11 are examples of some potential energy functions in one dimension. The total energy of the particle is indicated by a cross on the ordinate axis. In each case, specify the regions, if any, in which the particle cannot be found for the given energy. Also, indicate the minimum total energy the particle must have in each case. Think of simple physical contexts for which these potential energy shapes are relevant.


4. The potential energy function for a particle executing linear simple harmonic motion is given by V(x) = /2, where k is the force constant of the oscillator. For k = 0.5 N, the graph of V(x) versus x is shown in Fig. 6.12. Show that a particle of total energy 1 J moving under this potential must ‘turn back’ when it reaches x = ± 2 m.


5. Answer the following:

(a) The casing of a rocket in flight burns up due to friction. At whose expense is the heat energy required for burning obtained? The rocket or the atmosphere?

(b) Comets move around the sun in highly elliptical orbits. The gravitational force on the comet due to the sun is not normal to the comet’s velocity in general. Yet the work done by the gravitational force over every complete orbit of the comet is zero. Why?

(c) An artificial satellite orbiting the earth in very thin atmosphere loses its energy gradually due to dissipation against atmospheric resistance, however small. Why then does its speed increase progressively as it comes closer and closer to the earth?

(d) In Fig. 6.13(i) the man walks 2 m carrying a mass of 15 kg on his hands. In Fig. 6.13(ii), he walks the same distance pulling the rope behind him. The rope goes over a pulley, and a mass of 15 kg hangs at its other end. In which case is the work done greater?


Fig. 6.13

6. Underline the correct alternative:

(a) When a conservative force does positive work on a body, the potential energy of the body increases/decreases/remains unaltered.

(b) Work done by a body against friction always results in a loss of its kinetic/potential energy.

(c) The rate of change of total momentum of a many-particle system is proportional to the external force/sum of the internal forces on the system.

(d) In an inelastic collision of two bodies, the quantities which do not change after the collision are the total kinetic energy/total linear momentum/total energy of the system of two bodies.

7. State if each of the following statements is true or false. Give reasons for your answer.

(a) In an elastic collision of two bodies, the momentum and energy of each body is conserved.

(b) Total energy of a system is always conserved, no matter what internal and external forces on the body are present.

(c) Work done in the motion of a body over a closed loop is zero for every force in nature.

(d) In an inelastic collision, the final kinetic energy is always less than the initial kinetic energy of the system.

8. Answer carefully, with reasons:

(a) In an elastic collision of two billiard balls, is the total kinetic energy conserved during the short time of collision of the balls (i.e. when they are in contact)?

(b) Is the total linear momentum conserved during the short time of an elastic collision of two balls?

(c) What are the answers to (a) and (b) for an inelastic collision?

(d) If the potential energy of two billiard balls depends only on the separation distance between their centres, is the collision elastic or inelastic? (Note, we are talking here of potential energy corresponding to the force during collision, not gravitational potential energy).

9. A body is initially at rest. It undergoes one-dimensional motion with constant acceleration. The power delivered to it at time t is proportional to

(i) (ii) t (iii) (iv)

10. A body is moving unidirectionally under the influence of a source of constant power. Its displacement in time t is proportional to

(i) (ii) t (iii) (iv)

11. A body constrained to move along the z-axis of a coordinate system is subject to a constant force F given by

Where are unit vectors along the axis of the system respectively. What is the work done by this force in moving the body a distance of 4 m along the axis?

12. An electron and a proton are detected in a cosmic ray experiment, the first with kinetic energy 10 keV, and the second with 100 keV. Which is faster, the electron or the proton? Obtain the ratio of their speeds. (electron mass = kg, proton mass = kg, 1 eV = J).

13. A rain drop of radius 2 mm falls from a height of 500 m above the ground. It falls with decreasing acceleration (due to viscous resistance of the air) until at half its original height, it attains its maximum (terminal) speed, and moves with uniform speed thereafter. What is the work done by the gravitational force on the drop in the first and second half of its journey? What is the work done by the resistive force in the entire journey if its speed on reaching the ground is?

14. A molecule in a gas container hits a horizontal wall with speed and angle 30° with the normal, and rebounds with the same speed. Is momentum conserved in the collision? Is the collision elastic or inelastic?

15. A pump on the ground floor of a building can pump up water to fill a tank of volume 30 in 15 min. If the tank is 40 m above the ground, and the efficiency of the pump is 30%, how much electric power is consumed by the pump?

16. Two identical ball bearings in contact with each other and resting on a frictionless table are hit head-on by another ball bearing of the same mass moving initially with a speed V. If the collision is elastic, which of the following figure is a possible result after collision?


17. The bob A of a pendulum released from 30° to the vertical hits another bob B of the same mass at rest on a table as shown in Fig. 6.15. How high does the bob A rise after the collision? Neglect the size of the bobs and assume the collision to be elastic.


18. The bob of a pendulum is released from a horizontal position. If the length of the pendulum is 1.5 m, what is the speed with which the bob arrives at the lowermost point, given that it dissipated 5% of its initial energy against air resistance?

19. A trolley of mass 300 kg carrying a sandbag of 25 kg is moving uniformly with a speed of 27 km/h on a frictionless track. After a while, sand starts leaking out of a hole on the floor of the trolley at the rate of 0.05. What is the speed of the trolley after the entire sand bag is empty?

20. A body of mass 0.5 kg travels in a straight line with velocity 14156396673077.gifwhere14156396696496.gif. What is the work done by the net force during its displacement from x = 0 to x = 2 m?

21. The blades of a windmill sweep out a circle of area A.

(a) If the wind flows at a velocity v perpendicular to the circle, what is the mass of the air passing through it in time t?

(b) What is the kinetic energy of the air?

(c) Assume that the windmill converts 25% of the wind’s energy into electrical energy, and that A =, v = 36 km/h and the density of air is 1.2 kg. What is the electrical power produced?

22. A person trying to lose weight (dieter) lifts a 10 kg mass, one thousand times, to a height of 0.5 m each time. Assume that the potential energy lost each time she lowers the mass is dissipated.

(a) How much work does she do against the gravitational force?

(b) Fat supplies J of energy per kilogram which is converted to mechanical energy with a 20% efficiency rate. How much fat will the dieter use up?

23. A family uses 8 kW of power. (a) Direct solar energy is incident on the horizontal surface at an average rate of 200 W per square meter. If 20% of this energy can be converted to useful electrical energy, how large an area is needed to supply 8 kW? (b) Compare this area to that of the roof of a typical house.

24. A bullet of mass 0.012 kg and horizontal speed strikes a block of wood of mass 0.4 kg and instantly comes to rest with respect to the block. The block is suspended from the ceiling by means of thin wires. Calculate the height to which the block rises. Also, estimate the amount of heat produced in the block.

25. Two inclined frictionless tracks, one gradual and the other steep meet at A from where two stones are allowed to slide down from rest, one on each track (Fig. 6.16). Will the stones reach the bottom at the same time? Will they reach there with the same speed? Explain. Given = 30°, = 60°, and h = 10 m, what are the speeds and times taken by the two stones?


26. A 1 kg block situated on a rough incline is connected to a spring of spring constant 100 Nm-1as shown in Fig. 6.17. The block is released from rest with the spring in the unstretched position. The block moves 10 cm down the incline before coming to rest. Find the coefficient of friction between the block and the incline. Assume that the spring has a negligible mass and the pulley is frictionless.


27. A bolt of mass 0.3 kg falls from the ceiling of an elevator moving down with an uniform speed of 7. It hits the floor of the elevator (length of the elevator = 3 m) and does not rebound. What is the heat produced by the impact? Would your answer be different if the elevator were stationary?

28. A trolley of mass 200 kg moves with a uniform speed of 36 km/h on a frictionless track. A child of mass 20 kg runs on the trolley from one end to the other (10 m away) with a speed of 4 relative to the trolley in a direction opposite to the its motion, and jumps out of the trolley. What is the final speed of the trolley? How much has the trolley moved from the time the child begins to run?

29. Which of the following potential energy curves in Fig. 6.18 cannot possibly describe the elastic collision of two billiard balls? Here r is the distance between centres of the balls.


30. Consider the decay of a free neutron at rest: np+ e-

Show that the two-body decay of this type must necessarily give an electron of fixed energy and, therefore, cannot account for the observed continuous energy distribution in the decay of a neutron or a nucleus (Fig. 6.19).


[Note: The simple result of this exercise was one among the several arguments advanced by W. Pauli to predict the existence of a third particle in the decay products of decay. This particle is known as neutrino. We now know that it is a particle of intrinsic spin ½ (like e-, p or n), but is neutral, and either massless or having an extremely small mass (compared to the mass of electron) and which interacts very weakly with matter. The correct decay process of neutron is: np + e-+ v]

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