SOLUTIONS FOR HOMEWORK #6
1. It is important to remember that in this situation, the projectile has an intial horizontal motion of 30 m/s, and an initial
vertical motion of 0 m/s. In flight, there are no horizontal forces on the projectile (if we neglect air friction). This means
that there are no accelerations in the horizontal direction. Thus, the horizontal motion of the projectile is constant;
this means that it moves horizontally at 30 m/s as long as it is in flight. This them implies that the horizontal distance of the
projectile from the cliff is easily determined according to: dist = speed x time, since there is no acceleration in the horizontal
direction. Thus, the projectile moves forward 30 m/s for each sec it is in the air; at t = 1 sec, the projectile is 30 m from the edge
of the cliff, at t = 2 sec it is 60 m away, at t = 3 s it is 90 m from the cliff, at t = 4 s it is 120 m away, and at t= 5s it is 150
The vertical motion is different in that there is an acceleration in the vertical direction, namely the acceleration due to gravity.
So, the vertical speed of the projectile increases by 10 m/s for each sec of flight. Hence, the vert speed at t =1 sec is 10 m/s, at
t=2 s is 20 m/s. In general, the vert speed is simply gt, where g is the accel due to gravity (10 m/s/s) and t is time in secs.
The vertical distance is determined from d = 1/2 gt2. You have a couple of ways you can report the vertical distance; you
can report this as how far below the edge of the cliff the object has dropped, or you can report this as height above the ground. In
either event, you need to calculate that after 1 sec, the object has dropped:d = 1/2gt2 = 1/2 (10 m/s/s) x (1s)2 = 5m
In other words, the projectile has dropped 5 meters in the first sec.
After two secs, the projectile has dropped:
d = 1/2gt2 = 1/2 (10 m/s/s)(2s)2 = 1/2 (10 m/s/s)(4sxs) = 20 m
In other words, the object has dropped twenty meters in two secs. Sequential use of this equation for t = 3, 4 and 5 secs yields that
the distance dropped:
after 3 seconds = 45 m
after 4 seconds = 80 m
after 5 seconds = 125 m
The total speed at each time is determined from the Pythagorean Theorem; that is:
vtotal2 = vhor2 + vvert2
DATA TABLE FOR QUESTION 1
|| V hor (m/s)
|| V vert (m/s)
|| hor dist (m)
|| vert dist (m)
|| total speed (m/s)
| 1 || 30 || 10 || 30 || 5 || 31.6
| 2 || 30 || 20 || 60 || 20 || 36.1
| 3 || 30 || 30 || 90 || 45 || 42.4
| 4 || 30 || 40 || 120 || 80 || 50
| 5 || 30 || 50 || 150 || 125 || 58.3
3.To walk on the log, you must exert a backward force on the log; this causes the log to move backward. You could also argue from
momentum conservation: all forces are internal to the person/log system, so if the person moves forward, the log must move backward to
conserve total momentum.
4. Well, technically, the Earth and satellite are in mutual orbit. The point is that the forces are equal. This means that the
force on the satellite equals the force on the Earth. However, the Earth has a much, much greater mass than the satellite, so the same
force acting on the two objects causes a great acceleration on the satellite, and an infinitesimally small one on the much more massive
5. This is really the same problem as above. The forces on the bug and bus are equal, however, the masses are different, so the bug
accelerates much more than the bus.
6. a. Momentum = mass x velocity = 8 kg x 2 m/s = 16 kgm/s
b. Force = change in momentum/change in time. We know from above that the momentum is 16kgm/s. After the impact, the momentum goes
to zero, so the change in momentum is -16 kgm/s (remember, change in momenmtum = momentumfinal - momentuminitial).
Dividing this by the time in which it takes to bring the momentum to zero (0.5s) yields an average force of 32N. (this is also the
answer to part c.)
7. Impulse = F x delta t = F x delta (mv). So, impulse = 10N x 2.5 s = 25 Ns.
b) Since Impulse = change in momentum, 25 kgm/s is the change in momentum.
c) If we are told that the cart was originally at rest, then we know the change in momentum is equal to the final momentum. Hence
we know that mvfinal = 25kg m/s. If the mass is 2 kg, then vfinal = 12.5 m/s.
8. a) This is an example of a conservation of momentum problem. They system consists of the two blobs of putty. The momentum before
collision is the sum of the momenta of the two blobs: total momentum = 2kg x 3 m/s + 2 kg x 0 m/s = 6 kgm/s.6 kg m/s = 4kg x vfinal ---> vfinal=1.5 m/s
The momentum after collision is the momentum of the combined mass: 4kg x vfinal.
Since momentum is conserved, i.e., does not change, the momentum before collision must equal the momentum after collision and we
b) This is similarly a momentum conservation problem:
inital momentum = 2 kg x 3 m/s + 4 kg x 0 m/s = 6 kg m/s
final momentum = 6 kg x vfinal
6 kg m/s = 6 kg x vfinal ---> vfinal = 1 m/s
9. a) True, this is simply Newton's third Law.
b) True, part a) tells us the forces are the same, and the collision lasts the same length of time as seen by the car or by the
c) No, the masses are very different so the speeds are different.
d) True, if impulses are the same (see part b)), then the changes in momentum are the same.
10. a) Remember that impulse = F x delta t = change in momentum. We know that the momentum before the collision is 20,000 kg m/s, and
is zero after collision (the car comes to rest). Hence, we know the change in momentum is 20,000 kg m/s, hence this is the value of
b) We know that F x delta t = 20,000 kg m/s, but without knowing delta t, we cannot compute F.
11. This is a conservation of momentum problem. Before collision, (i.e., eating), the total momentum of the system is: 5 kg x 1 m/s + 1 kg x 0 m/s = 5 kg m/s
After devouring the fish, the total momentum can be written as 6 kg x vfinal. Since initial and final momenta are equal, the
final speed is 5/6 m/s.
If the smaller fish were swimming toward the larger one at 4 m/s, then the initial momentum of the system is: 5 kg x 1 m/s - 1 kg x 4 m/s = 1 kg m/s
Note the minus sign in association with the smaller fish, this results from the smaller fish swimming in the opposite
direction of the larger fish. The final momentum is simply the mass of the big fish times its velocity (remember,
the big fish has just devoured the smaller fish),so the final momentum is 6kg x vfinal. This final
momentum equals the initial momentum of 1 kgm/sec (since there are no external forces acting on this system and so the
total momentum is conserved). Thus, we can equate the final and initial momenta:
1 kg m/s = 6 kg x vfinal
Solving for vfinal yields a final speed of 1/6 m/s for the gluttonous larger fish.
David B. Slavsky
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