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Suppose a spacecraft of mass 17,000 kg is accelerated to 0.15c.

  1. How much kinetic energy would it have?
  2. If you used the classical formula for kinetic energy, by what percentage would you be in error?

Source: Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th Edition, 2014.

Quick Answer: 
  1. $1.8 \times 10^{19} \textrm{ J}$
  2. $-1.7 \%$

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 26, Problem 41


Chapter 26, Problem 41 is solved.

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