Problem 1CQ

(Answers to odd-numbered Conceptual Questions can be found in the back of the book.)

Is it possible for the kinetic energy of an object to be negative? Is it possible for the gravitational potential energy of an object to be negative? Explain.

Solution 1CQ

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Kinetic energy has an expression of , where is the mass of a body and is its speed. Gravitational potential energy has an expression of , where is the acceleration due to gravity and is the height of an object.