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Thu October 11, 2012 By:

How does conversion of energy take place in a bow and arrow system

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Thu October 11, 2012
Bow is a great example of the effects of potential and kinetic energy. When the bow is pulled back, this gives the bow potential energy. The string is being moved from its original position and therefore has the desire to return to it. The other aspect of energy that the bow portrays is kinetic energy. Kinetic energy is the energy of motion. When the string is released, the potential energy is converted to kinetic energy in movement of the arrow. The string pushes the arrow out and is the driving force behind the motion. The harder an archer works to pull the bow, the greater the potential energy, and thus the greater the kinetic energy of the arrow.
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