Physics Mid-Term Exam
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Grading:Please be sure to follow all guidelines (number of
sentences/showing all calculations) and to provide the correct metric units of
measure. All questions are 5 points (1
point for sentence number /correct units).
Makayla is talking to Mia about the whether we
ever landed on the Moon. Mia says,” I
have a theory about that.” Using 3 – 4
complete sentences, what is wrong with Mia’s use of the term “theory” in this
Choose ONE of the scenarios below, then
design an experiment and describe a procedure to enable you to make an estimate
of the average speed. Your description should include the materials
you would need and how you would use them to collect the data you need.
A baseball thrown from outfield to home plate
A hand moving back and forth as fast as possible
The tip of a swinging baseball bat
An eye blinking
A whisker growing
There are many familiar situations in whichthe
net force on a body is zero and yet the body moves with a constant
velocity. One example is described
A car traveling at
constant speed on a straight road has the force of the road on the tires just
balanced by the force of air friction.
If the gas pedal is depressed further, the tires will push against the
road harder and the road will push against the tires harder; so the car will
accelerate forward – until the air friction builds up enough to balance the
greater drive force.
another example of a body moving with constant velocity under balanced
forces. Specify the cause of each force
on the body and explain how these forces could be changed to affects the body’
If a person weighs 500 N on Earth, what would
she weigh on Jupiter, where the acceleration due to gravity is 26 m/s2? Show all work leading to your answer.
If a freely falling rock were equipped with a
speedometer, by how much would its speed readings increase with each second IF
it were on a planet where g = 20 m/s2? Show all work leading to your answer.
Cleo and Clare are looking from their balcony to
a swimming pool below that is located 15 m horizontally from the bottom of
their building. They estimate the
balcony is 45 m high and wonder how fast they would have to jump horizontally
to succeed in reaching the pool. What
calculations would you show to help them determine the answer? Evaluate the practicality of their being able
to succeed at jumping into the pool.
An airplane has a gun that fires bullets
straight ahead at the speed of 600 miles per hour when tested on the ground
while the plane is stationary. The plane
takes off and flies east at 600 miles per hour.
Explain whether each of the
following is possible for the pilot to measure:
When fired directly ahead the bullets move
eastward at a speed of 1200 miles per hour
When fired in the opposite direction (by turning
the gun westward, but not the plane), the bullets drop vertically downward
If fired vertically downward (by turning the gun
downward, but not the plane), the bullets move eastward at 600 miles per hour
while they fall.
A falling 50-kg skydiver experiences an upward
acceleration of 6.2 m/s2 when she opens her parachute. Show (by calculation) how much drag force is
produced by the parachute.
In three scenarios a truck is towing a boat on a
trailer. Using 3 – 4 complete sentences indicate
which scenario(s) (if any) is the force of the truck on the trailer greater
than the force of the trailer on the truck:
A: masstruck = 1000 kg, massboat
and trailer = 500 kg; velocity = 20 m/s
B: masstruck = 800 kg, massboat
and trailer = 800 kg; velocity = 20 m/s
C: masstruck = 500 kg, massboat
and trailer = 1000 kg; velocity = 15 m/s
A bug and the windshield of a fast-moving car
collide. Indicate whether each of the
following statements is True or False (1 point each)
The forces of impact on the bug and on the car
are the same magnitude.
The impulses on the bug and non the car are the
The changes in speed of the bug and of the car
are the same magnitude.
The changes in momentum of the bug and of the
car are the same magnitude.
The accelerations of the bug and the car are the
Betty and Bianca weigh the same amount and they
climb a flight of stairs. Betty climbs
the stairs in 30 seconds. Bianca climbs
the stairs in 40 seconds. In terms of
force, work and power, evaluate which of the three quantities (if any) is
greater for Betty or for Bianca? Justify
your answers using 3 – 4 complete sentences.
Leon’s bicycle wheels have a circumference of 2
m. What is his linear speed when the
wheels rotate at 1 revolution per second? Show all work leading to your answer.
This graphic shows a scene from a
trapeze act. Write 3 – 4 complete sentences to describe the physics pictured in this
scene. Use the terms inertia, centripetal acceleration, force,
gravity, and velocity in your description.
Using 6400 km as the radius of Earth, calculate how
high above Earth’s surface you would have to be in order to weigh 1/16th
of your current weight. Show all work
leading to your answer OR describe your solution using 3 -4 complete sentences.
The sun’s mass is about 2.7 x 107
times greater than the moon’s mass. The
sun is about 400 times farther from Earth than the moon. How does the gravitational force exerted on
Earth by the sun compare with the gravitational force exerted on Earth by the
At a particular point, a satellite in an
elliptical orbit has a gravitational potential energy of 7000 MJ with respect
to Earth’s surface and a kinetic energy of 4000 MJ. At another point in its orbit, the satellite’s
potential energy is 2000 MJ. What is its
kinetic energy at that point? Show all
calculations leading to your answer.
If a stationary cart is struck head-on by a cart
with twice mass of the stationary one and a velocity of 5 m/s, what will be the
new velocity of the stationary cart if the collision is inelastic? Show all
calculations leading to an answer.
A 2.0-gram bullet is shot into a tree
stump. It enters at a speed of 3.00 x 104cm/s
and comes to rest after having penetrated 0.05 m in to the stump. What was the average force during the
impact? Show all calculations leading to
Can you get younger by traveling at speeds near
the speed of light? Explain using 3 or
more complete sentences.
A beam of light and a baseball are both affected
by gravity. Why is the path of the
baseball very different than the path of the light beam? Use 3 – 4 complete
sentences in your explanation.