show that total energy is conserved at any instant of time (mathematically) in the following cases:

freely falling body;


bouncing of a ball;

Law of Conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed but can be changes from one form to another.

Now in the case of a freely falling body the energy conservation is potential to kinetic energy and their sum is always constant.

We have divided the situation into three different cases

(1) when the body is at its highest point

here the body has a finite potential energy which would be maximum at this point. The kinetic energy of the body will be zero. So, the total energy of the body will be

E = PE + 0 = mgh  (1)


(2) when the body is in between the highest point and the ground at a height 's'. Here the body has a finite kinetic energy as well as potential energy. So, the total energy of the body will be

E = PE + KE = mgs + (1/2)mv2

now as

v2 - 0 = 2g(h - s)


v2 = 2g(h-s)


E = mgs + (1/2)m[2g(h-s)]


E = mgs + [mgh - mgs]


E = mgh  (2) 


(3)when the body just touches the ground. It has zero potential energy and maximum kinetic energy, so the total energy would be

E = 0 + KE = (1/2)mv'2


v'2 - 0 = 2gh


v'2 = 2gh


E = (1/2).m(2gh)

so, we have

E = mgh  (3)


thus, from (1), (2) and (3) we infer that the total energy of the ball remains constant and thus law of conservation of energy has been proven.

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