# Application of work energy principle an open garage door as it closes According to the solution to the related example problem in the book, points B and D have no linear velocity when the door is fully closed, that is, when point E strikes the floor, because they are at the lower limit of their respective motion ranges.

From this reasoning, when an object dropped from rest from a height h strikes the floor it too is at the lower limit of its motion range but its velocity is not zero but sqrt(2gh) which is not consistent with how this reasoning is applied to the panels' centers of mass. What is the reason for this discrepancy?

A fairer comparison would be to examine the falling object when it touches the rigid floor. Now it is subject to a constraint, which prevents it from moving any lower. Usually the object is deformable like a ball. Its centre of mass moves lower but slows down from a velocity of $$\sqrt{2gh}$$ downward to zero over a short distance, usually much less than the radius of the ball, then reverses direction. Like the garage door, at the lower limit of its motion its vertical velocity is zero.
For the ball its gravitational PE of $$mgh$$ has been transformed first into the same amount of KE, then into the same amount of elastic PE as it deforms. Assuming there are no losses of energy due to friction, air resistance, hysteresis, etc then it will bounce back up to its original height.