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Part of your problem comes from thinking that the potential energy is somehow located in or a property of the person alone. And the way the subject is usually introduced could easily lead you to think that, but it's not right. The potential energy is a property of the person-Earth system. In fact all potential energies are properties of systems of ...


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Initially your ball has some energy ($2J$) and some momentum ($2Ns$). And the wall has some energy ($0J$) and some momentum ($0Ns$). And there is some internal energy, $U=U_0,$ the thing that heat increases. Afterwards the ball has some energy ($0J$) and some momentum ($0Ns$). And the wall has some energy ($0J$) and some momentum ($2Ns$). And there is some ...


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Timaeus has given the full technical answer: the kinetic energy of the wall itself changes a tiny bit. Since kinetic energy scales as $v^2$, this is totally negligible in the first case (where the wall starts with $v = 0$) but actually significant in the second case (where the wall starts with $v = 2$), and that's where the missing energy goes. Luckily, in ...



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