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Tests
1
Concepts of Motion
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UNIT
1 Concepts of Motion
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TEST A
Directions
This test consists of fifteen multiplechoice questions and six problemandessay questions, divided
into two groups. Answer ALL multiplechoice questions by marking the letter corresponding to the
one best answer. Answer THREE of the problemandessay questions from Group One and ONE
from Group Two. Spend about 15 minutes on the multiplechoice questions, 5 minutes on each of
the problemandessay questions from Group One and 10 minutes on the problemandessay question
from Group Two.
The numerical values of some physical constants and equations that may be useful in the test are
given on the last page of this booklet.
1 . The arrows show the direction of the velocity and acceleration vectors for a car at five separate
instants of time.
Which diagram applies to the car while it is turning a comer?
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2. Several cars are racing on an oval track. Which of the following statements is correct for every
racing car after it completes exactly one lap of a race?
A. Its acceleration is the same as when it crossed the starting line.
B. Its speed is the same as when it crossed the starting line.
C. Its displacement from the starting line is zero.
D. Its acceleration has not changed since it crossed the starting line.
E. Its velocity has not changed since it crossed the starting line.
3. ALL EXCEPT ONE of the following require the application of a net force. Which one is the
exception?
A. to change an object from a state of rest to state of motion
B. to maintain an object in motion at a constant velocity
C. to change an object's speed without changing its direction of motion
D. to maintain an object in uniform circular motion
E. to change an object's direction of motion without changing its speed
4. Which one of the following statements correctly describes a satellite orbiting about the earth?
A. The acceleration and velocity of the satellite are in roughly the same direction.
B. There is no force acting on the satellite.
C. The velocity of the satellite is constant.
D. The satellite must fall back to earth when its fuel is gone.
E. The satellite is always accelerating toward the earth.
Questions 5 and 6 refer to the
graph at the right.
5. The magnitude of the ac
celeration is greatest in the
time interval
A. a to c.
B. c to e.
C. e to g.
D. gtoi.
E. i to k.
time
6. The speed is greatest at the time corresponding to point
A. c.
B. g.
C. h.
D. i.
E. k.
7. The following are diagrams which represent stroboscopic photographs of a ball. The strobe
rate is constant and is the same for all three pictures.
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Which of the photographs could be produced with a stationary ball and a moving camera?
A. None
B. 1 only
C. 2 only
D. 1 and 2 only
E. 1,2 and 3
Questions 8 and 9 refer to the graph at the right and statement below. The graph shows the posi
tions of five sprinters near the end of an 800meter race.
The average speed of sprinter C in the time
period 127 second to 129 second from the
start was approximately
A.
4 m/sec.
B.
6.5 m/sec
C.
8 m/sec.
D.
9 m/sec.
E.
13 m/sec.
800
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9. Which sprinter rims with uniform speed dur
ing the time period shown?
A. sprinter A
B. sprinter B
C. sprinter C
D. sprinter D
E. sprinter E
Distance
from
start,
(meters)
128 129
Time from start, (sec.)
10. A golf ball is hit toward the pin from a point on the same level as the pin and 110 yards away.
It strikes the ground near the pin. Assuming that air resistance had no effect on the ball's path,
what is the best estimate of the location at which it reached the highest point in its path?
A. within 30 yards of where it was hit
B. about halfway to the pin
C. approximately twothirds of the way to the pin
D. almost directly over the pin
E. no estimate is possible. The data are not sufficient for a decision .
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Questions 11 and 12 refer to the following, which is a hypothetical report submitted by an astro
naut about a space maneuver intended to link two capsules:
"At 5:01:00 A.M. we activated Rocket Z4 for 10 seconds. The thrust gauge showed that the
1 2
rocket produced a force of 77 newtons. Accordingly, we estimated a velocity toward the target
3
vehicle of 4 meters/second. We expected to touch the target vehicle in 300 seconds, at 5:06:10.
4
Actually, we touched at 5:06:28."
11. Which of the sentences above gives the result of a computation done by the astronaut that in
volved the use of Newton's second law?
A. 1 only B. 2 only C. 3 only D. 4 only E. 2, 3 and 4 only
12. Which of the sentences above describes how the astronaut changed conditions to perform the
maneuver?
A. 1 only B. 4 only C. 5 only D. 1 and 4 only E. 1 and 5 only
13. A child is riding on a merrygoround, as shown at the right. When
he is at point P, which set of vectors shows the direction of his vel
ocity V, his acceleration a and the centripetal force F acting on him?
A.
set A
U
B.
setB
C.
D.
setC
setD
F a
E.
set E
A
tt
14. A steel ball rolls down an inclined plane. Which graph best represents how the distance traveled
changes with time?
X
i
"to
•5
\
09
5
J
.S2
•5
^
time
A
time
B
time
C
time
D
time
E
15. A propeller rotates with constant rate. If we consider the two ends of the propeller, which
graph best represents how the magnitude of their acceleration changes with time?
n
time
B
time
time
time
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PROBLEMANDESSAY QUESTIONS
Group One
Answer THREE of the following four questions.
1. A 30kilogram block lies on a frictionless table, and is connected to a 10kilogram block by a
rope passing over a frictionless pulley, as shown in the diagram.
30 kg
a) What is the acceleration of the 10kilogram V///A
block?
b) What is the acceleration of the 30kilogram
block?
;^
10 kg
2. A car accelerates away from a stoplight. Use this example of a moving object to explain the
difference between average speed and instantaneous speed.
3. The diagram below illustrates the motion of a ball as if it were recorded by a camera whose
shutter remained open and whose only source of light was a stroboscopic lamp flashing 10 times
per second. On this diagram 1.0 centimeter represents 1.0 centimeter in the laboratory. What
was the acceleration of the ball?
start
\
o o o
direction of motion
4. Find Av, where Av = Vj  Vi
Group Two
Answer ONE of the following two questions.
5. Galileo held that the proper language vidth which to describe nature is mathematics. How is
our understanding of natural phenomena aided by describing what we observe in mathematical
terms?
6. A man goes for a walk. Write a description of his motion that includes numerical values of
time, distance and speed, based on the information contained in the graph below.
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time (minutes)
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TEST B
Directions
This test consists of fifteen multiplechoice questions and six problemandessay questions, divided
into two groups. Answer ALL multiplechoice questions by marking the letter corresponding to the
one best answer. Answer THREE of the problemandessay questions from Group One and ONE
from Group Two. Spend about 15 minutes on the multiplechoice questions, 5 minutes on each of
the problemandessay questions from Group One and 10 minutes on the problemandessay question
from Group Two.
The numerical values of some physical constants and equations that may be useful in the test are
given on the last page of this booklet.
Questions 1 and 2 refer to the figure at right, which
shows the positions of five runners near the end of an
800meter race.
1. Which sprinter was ahead after exactly 127 seconds?
800
795
A.
sprinter A
B.
sprinter B
C.
sprinter C
D.
sprinter D
E.
sprinter E
Distance
from
start,
(meters)
790
With what average speed did E run in the interval
127 to 129 seconds?
785
127 128 129
Time from start. ( sec. )
A.
1 m/sec
B.
2 m/sec
C.
4 m/sec
D.
5 m/sec
E.
11 m/sec
3. Which of the following four statements describes the motion of a bullet that has been fired by
a supersonic jet fighter plane flying parallel to the ground? (Neglect air resistance.)
A. uniform straightline motion
B. uniformly accelerated straightline motion
C. circular motion
D. projectile motion
4. Which of the following four diagrams represents the acceleration of a golf ball the instant after
it leaves the face of a golf club?
a =
5. An ice skater gives a sudden push to a sled that sends it sliding away from him. Consider the
following statements (assume friction is negligible).
1 . The force exerted on the sled by the skater is equal in magnitude to the force exerted on
the skater by the sled.
2. During the push the acceleration of the skater is equal in magnitude to the acceleration of
the sled.
3. The skater will accelerate for the same length of time as the sled.
Which of the statements is true if the skater and the sled have the same mass?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. 3 only
D. 2 and 3 only
E. 1,2 and 3
6. A child is riding on a merrygoround that is rotating at a constant rate. The child has
A. constant velocity.
B. constant acceleration.
C. constant speed.
D. constant acceleration and speed
E. constant velocity, acceleration and speed
In the graph at the right, the
magnitude of the acceleration
is greatest in the time interval
A. a to c.
B. c to e.
C. e to g.
D. g to i.
E. i to k.
^^ c ' d >v /
y^ I I I X/ / '
a ! ! I ! rv g/ !
time
8. ALL EXCEPT ONE of the following require a net unbalanced force. Which is the exception?
A. to set into motion an object which is initially at rest
B. to maintain an object in a state of constant velocity
C. to maintain an object in a state of uniform circular motion
D. to stop a moving object
E. to change an object's direction of motion while keeping its speed constant
9. Tlie distance d traveled by an object is given by the equation d = V2 at^, when the object
A. is moving in a circle.
B. has a constant velocity.
C. starts from rest and accelerates uniformly.
D. is thrown upward.
E. is thrown downward.
10. This test paper is sitting at rest on your desk. Which of the following statements best describes
this situation?
A. There are no forces acting on your paper.
B. Your paper is at rest in any coordinate system.
C. Your paper exerts no force on the desk.
D. There are many forces acting on your paper, but they balance each other.
11. A satellite is in orbit around the earth, hi the absence of air friction, which of the following
statements is necessarily true?
A. The acceleration and velocity of the satellite Eire in approximately the same direction.
B. There is no force acting on the satellite.
C. The velocity of the satellite is constant.
D. The satellite must fall back to earth when its fuel is gone.
E. The satellite always accelerates towards the earth.
12. If you must choose between two hypotheses, which of the following is the best reason for se
lecting hypothesis 1 rather than hypothesis 2?
A. Hypothesis 1 is more in agreement with the observed facts.
B. Hypothesis 1 contains more mathematics.
C. Hypothesis 1 is newer.
D. Hypothesis 1 is more easily understood.
E. Several people think hypothesis 1 is more likely to be correct.
13. A rock is thrown into the air. Which graph represents how the magnitude of its acceleration
changes with time while it is in the air? (Neglect air resistance.)
v ^
time
A
CIS 1 I / x^
time time time time
B C D E
14. A propeller blade rotates at a constant rate. Which graph best represents how the magnitude of
the force on one tip of the propeller changes with time?
/
hi
.2
L
1
time
A
time
B
time
C
time
E
15. In the diagrams shown below, arrows show the direction of the velocity and acceleration vec
tors for a car at five separate instants of time. Which diagram represents the car starting from
rest?
V V V V V =
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PROBLEMANDESSAY QUESTIONS
Group One
Answer THREE of the following four questions.
1. Upon observing a rolling object, you obtained the following values for d/t^, where d is the dis
tance rolled and t the elapsed time.
d/t^
0.00185
0.00183
0.00192
0.00182
0.00187
0.00182
Do these data justify the conclusion that
d/t^ is a constant? Explain.
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2. Consider the motion of a flare dropped from an airplane flying at constant velocity. Describe
this motion as seen by observers in the airplane and on the ground.
3. What is the difference between the concepts "weight" and "mass"?
4. An object resting on a level frictionless surface on the earth is subjected to a horizontal force
equEil to its weight. What is the magnitude of its acceleration?
Group Two
Answer ONE of the following two questions.
5. Joe and Louis are arguing about uniform acceleration. Joe says that acceleration means "the
longer you go, the faster you go." Louis states that acceleration means "the farther you go,
the faster you go."
a) Present their points of view in terms of an equation or equations.
b) Who is right and why?
6. Galileo approached scientific problems in ways different from Aristotle and the Scholastics.
Two of these differences are listed below. Select one and explain why you think it was impor
tant to the development of physics.
a) insistence that experiment and observation must be quantitative, not just qualitative.
b) abstraction from real situations to idealized ones that show the laws of nature in their
simplest form.
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TEST C
Directions
Answer ALL forty multiplechoice questions by marking the letter corresponding to the one best
answer.
The numerical values of some physical constants and equations that may be useful in the test are
given on the last page of this booket.
1. An experiment yielded the data given in the table and graph below.
t
d
( seconds)
(meters)
2
4
4
8
6
12
12 h
10
" h
(meters) ^ .
2 
0®
®
2 4
t ( sec)
®
If these data are expressed as an equation, d = kt, the value of k is
A. 1 m/sec.
B. 1 sec/m.
C. 2 m/sec.
D. 2 sec/m.
E. 0.5 m/sec.
2. Referring to his work, Newton wrote, "If I have seen further than others, it is because I have
stood on the shoulders of giants." Who of the following was one of the "giants" whose work
on motion immediately preceded Newton's?
A. Fermi
B. GalUeo
C. Simplicio
D. Aristotle
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The arrows drawn below represent the velocity vectors of a Boeing 707 jet at three successive
times.
H — I — H
We may conclude that the jet was
A. changing direction.
B. speeding up.
C. slowing down.
D. maintaining a constant velocity.
Questions 4 and 5 refer to the following state .
ment and graph: The graph at the right shows the distance
relationship between the time and the total dis traversed
tance traversed by a glider moving on a nearly
frictionless air track. Points P2 , P4 and P^ rep
resent the experimental measurements. The
dotted curve is a smooth curve drawn through
these points.
.06

/
/
.04
P /
>
/
.02
' p y
P2 ^
^^^
*■! tj t3 t4 ts tg t7 tg
total elapsed time (sec)
4. If the values of the total distance traversed at times ts , t^ and tg are arranged in order of un
certainty with the most uncertain value of distance first, the order is
A.
ts,
t6,
tg.
B.
tg,
t6,
ts
C.
ts,
ts,
t6.
D.
t6,
ts,
tg.
E. tg , t
s ,
5. The slope of the curve at t^ represents the
A. total distance traversed.
B. instantaneous speed.
C. acceleration.
D. rates of change of speed.
E. average speed.
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6. Two men push on a box resting on a smooth level floor as indicated in the diagram below. The
lengths of the arrows are drawn proportional to the magnitude of the force each man exerts on
the box.
In the diagram below, which arrow indicates the direction in which the box will start to move?
A
7. A satellite is in a circular orbit aroimd a planet. The satellite's period of revolution T, and the
radius of the orbit R are known. Which of the following equations must you use to compute
its acceleration?
A.
d
= 1/2 aT^ only.
B.
V
27rR , ^
= — —  and V = aT.
T
C.
V
27rR ^ v^
= =— and a = TT
T R
D.
d
= ^h. aT and a = 
E.
V
v^
= aT and a — ■
R
R
A man pushes a puck on a frictionless horizontal surface with a force of 10 newtons. The re
sulting acceleration is 4.0 meters /second^ . What is the mass of the puck?
A. 0.4 kg
B. 2.5 kg
C. 4.0 kg
D. 10 kg
E. 40 kg
9. The diagram at right shows a cable car supported by an overhead cable and pulled uphill by a
second cable. Which of the following forces is zero when the cable car moves with constant
velocity?
A. net unbalanced force on the car and carriage
B. frictional force on the wheels of the carriage
C. force of gravity on the car and carriage
D. force exerted by supporting cables
E. force exerted by the cable that pulls the car upward
Pulling cable 1
Supporting cable
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10. In ALL EXCEPT ONE of the following situations, an object is being accelerated. Which one is
the exception?
A. The object changes direction without changing speed.
B. The object changes speed without changing direction.
C. The object maintains speed and direction.
D. The object maintains uniform circular motion.
E. The object moves in the trajectory of a projectUe.
Questions 11 and 12 refer to the following situation.
During a planned maneuver in space flight, a freefloating astronaut pushes a freefloating instru
ment package. The mass of the astronaut is greater than that of the instnmient package.
11. The force exerted by the astronaut on the instrument package
A. is equal to the force exerted by the package on the astronaut.
B. is greater than the force exerted by the package on the astronaut.
C. is less than the force exerted by the package on the astronaut.
D. is equal to zero.
E. may be greater than, less than, or equal to the force exerted by the package on the astro
naut; one cannot tell with the information given here.
12. During the push
A. the magnitude of the acceleration of the astronaut is greater than that of the instrument
package.
B. the magnitude of the acceleration of the astronaut is smaller than that of the instrument
package.
C. neither astronaut nor instrument package is accelerated.
D. the accelerations of each are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction.
E. the accelerations of each are equal in magnitude and in the same direction.
13. In Two New Sciences Salviati, speaking for Galileo, defines "a motion to be uniformly accel
erated, when starting from rest it acquires during equal time intervals, equal increments of
speed." This definition is important because it
A. convinces Simplicio, the spokesman for Aristotelian physics.
B. corresponds closely to the way real objects fall near the surface of the esirth.
C. explains the cause of acceleration of falling objects.
D. is correct regardless of the air resistance of falling objects.
E. is the only definition that can be tested by experiment.
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14. ALL EXCEPT ONE of the following statements would be operational definitions of one second
of time. Which one is the exception?
One second is
A. a little more time than there is between the pulsebeats of most people.
B. the shortest unit of time.
C. 1/86,400 of the time it takes the earth to make one rotation about its axis.
D. the length of a time interval a little shorter than it takes a student to answer this question.
Questions 15 and 16 refer to the following statement.
Scientists on the imaginary planet Q have defined a unit of length, the "lar," to be the distance
between two mountain peaks on the surface of the planet. The unit of time on the planet Q is called
the "tik" and is defined as the average interval between pulsebeats of the king.
15. What units would express acceleration on planet Q if acceleration were defined as it is on earth?
A. lar/tik
B. lar /sec
C. lar ■^ /sec
D. tik/lar^
E. lar/tik^
16. If the distance between the cities Zytropolis and Elany on planet Q is 20 lars, what would your
average speed be if you made the trip in 100 tiks?
A. 0.2 lars/tik
B. 0.1 tiks/lar
C. 5 tiks/lar
D. 5 lars/tik
E. 100 tiks/lar
17. The graph at the right represents the distance traveled by
an automobile as a function of time. The instantaneous
speed at the time corresponding to point S is best ap
proximated by the slope of a straight line drawn between
points
A. S and T.
B. O and S.
C. R and S.
D. R and T.
E. R and U.
distance
time
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18. A subway car is at rest in a subway station, A boy sitting in the car flips a dime into the air;
the dime hits the floor. Later, when the car is moving over a straight, level section of track at a
high, constant speed, he flips the dime again in exactly the same way. Where does the dime hit
the floor?
A. at the same spot on the floor as before.
B. ahead of where it hit before.
C. behind where it hit before.
Questions 19 and 20 refer to the following statements concerning Galileo's work with balls rolling
down inclined planes. This work led to the acceptance of the idea that falling objects accelerate
uniformly. The quotations are from Two New Sciences.
1. If speed during fall increases with time, — is constant.
d
t^
2. "We took a piece of wooden scantling, about 12 cubits long, half a cubit wide, and three
finger breadths thick. In its top edge we cut a straight channel."
3. "Having raised the scantling in a sloping position by raising one end some one or two cubits
above the other, we let the ball roll down the channel."
4. "We always found that the distances traversed were to each other as the squares of the
times."
5. Since for a rolling ball 2 is constant, 3 is constant for a falling ball also.
V 1/
19. Which of the statements are assumptions made by Galileo?
A. 1 only
B. 4 only
C. 5 only
D. 1 and 4 only
E. 4 and 5 only
20. Which statement presents experimental results?
A. 1 only
B. 4 only
C. 5 only
D. 2 and 3 only
E. 1 and 5 only
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Questions 21 and 22 refer to the following graph.
time
21. The greatest distance is traveled between the times corresponding to points
A. a and c.
B. c and e.
C. e and g.
D. g and i.
E. i and k.
22. V is greatest between times corresponding to points
A. a and k,
B. c and e.
C. e and g.
D. g and i.
E. i and k.
23. A cart, initially at rest, is pulled with a constant, unbalanced force. Which graph best repre
sents how the speed of the cart changes with time?
T3
Si
/
a
0)
a
1
J
8
^
time
time
time
time
time
A
B
C
D
E
A.
graph A
B.
graph B
C.
graph C
D.
graph D
E.
gi
•aph E
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For questions 24 and 25 use the following figures which represent stroboscopic photographs of a
moving ball. The strobe rate is constant and is the same for all three "photographs."
24. Which of the "photographs" could have been produced with the camera in motion and the ball
fixed in position?
A. none
B. 1 only
C. 2 only
D. 1 and 2 only
E. 1, 2 and 3
25. If the camera is fixed in position, which of the "pictures" show a ball being acted upon by a net
unbalanced force?
A. 1 only
B. 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 2 and 3 only
E. 1, 2 and 3
26. Which of the following increases with time if an object moves with uniform velocity?
A. instantaneous velocity
B. average velocity
C. acceleration
D. direction
E. displacement
27. A sprinter reaches top speed 3 seconds after the start of a race. In those 3 seconds, he moves
18 meters. Assume that he accelerates uniformly. What is his acceleration?
A. 2 meters/sec^
B. 3 meters/sec^
C. 4 meters/sec^
D. 7 meters /sec^
E. 18 meters /sec ^
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Questions 28 and 29 refer to the following statement and table:
Main Street in Centerville is crossed by streets called 1st St., 2nd St., 3rd St. ... 46th St. Blocks
between the numbered streets are equally long.
Five cars are traveling along Main Street, and their locations are recorded at fiveminute invervals,
as shown in the following table:
10:00 a.m.
10:05 a.m.
10:10 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
car A
25th
30th
35th
40th
car B
30th
25th
15th
10th
car C
1st
2nd
5th
10th
car D
9th
10th
20th
38th
car E
35th
33rd
23rd
20th
28. Which car traveled with the greatest average speed during the period described?
A. car A
B. car B
C. car C
D. car D
E. car E
29. Assuming that all cars started from rest at 10:00 a.m., which car could have traveled v i+h uni
form acceleration during the entire period described?
A. car A
B. car B
C. carC
D. carD
E. car E
Use one of the following statements to describe the motion mentioned in questions 30 and 31 :
A. straightline motion at uniform speed
B. uniformly accelerated straightline motion
C. circular motion
D. projectile motion
30. the motion of a shirt in a washing machine in the middle of the "spindry" cycle
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31. the motion of a bicyclist seen from a passing car when each is moving with constant speed on
a straight, horizontal road
32. ALL EXCEPT ONE of the following conditions must apply if one is to use the equation
d = V2 at^ . Which one is the exception?
A. The motion must be free fall.
B. The acceleration must be constant in magnitude.
C. The initial velocity of the body must be zero.
D. Displacement must be measured from the point where motion begins.
E. Acceleration must be constant in direction.
33. An 80kilogram fireman slides down a pole in a fire station. His grip on the pole causes a fric
tional force of 240 newtons opposing his fall. What is the approximate value of his acceleration
toward the floor below?
A.
13 m/sec^
B.
10 m/sec^
C.
8 m/sec^
D.
7 m/sec^
E.
zero
34. Two barrels roll off the deck of a barge and describe identical paths from the edge of the deck
to the water. Which of the following conclusions is necessarily true?
A. Both have the same mass.
B. Both have the same weight.
C. Both moved with the same velocity at the instant they fell overboard.
D. Both were pushed with the same force across the deck before they fell overboard.
E. They were chained together.
35. Aristotle's scientific beliefs were different from Galileo's. Which one of the following state
ments would be in agreement with those of Aristotle?
A. Mathematics has no important place in scientific thought.
B. An object on earth will move at a constant speed if there are no unbalanced forces acting
on it.
C. Different objects near the surface of the earth fall freely with the same acceleration.
D. Objects on the earth and heavenly bodies obey the same basic laws of motion.
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36. Just before the end of a 25lap auto race, the five
leading cars moving in a counterclockwise direction
are in the positions shown in the diagram. Which of
the following statements is necessarily true?
A.
B.
D.
E.
Car 5 is traveling with the smallest speed.
Car 2 can cross the finish line without changing
velocity.
Car 4 can cross the finish line without changing
speed.
Car 1 will finish first.
All 5 cars are traveling with the same velocity.
direction
of travel
finish line
37. Measurements made on a ball rolling down a hill of unknown shape provided the following
data:
Time
sec
1
2
3
4
5
6
Instantaneous
Speed
m/sec
6
12
18
20
22
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Which of the following diagrams could represent the shape of the hiU?
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38. Which of the following pairs of vectors has the resultant of largest magnitude?
H — I I I
H — h
H — I — I
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
pair A
pair B
pair C
pair D
pair E
39. The arrows in the diagrams below show the directions of the velocity and acceleration vectors
that apply to a car at five separate instants of time.
v =
a =
ALL EXCEPT ONE of the diagrams above show an instant at which the velocity is changing.
Which is the exception?
A. diagram A
B. diagram B
C. diagram C
D. diagram D
E. diagram E
40. A satellite is in a circular orbit around the earth. Which of the following statements must be
true?
1. The speed is constant.
2. The velocity is constant.
3. The period is constant.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 2 and 3 only
E. 1,2 and 3
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TEST D
Directions
This test consists of eight questions in two groups. Answer only FOUR of the five questions in
Group One, and only TWO of the three questions in Group Two. Spend about 5 minutes on each of
the questions from Group One, and 10 minutes on each of the questions from Group Two.
The numerical values of some physical constants and equations that may be useful in the test are
given on the last page of this booklet.
Group One
Answer FOUR of the five questions in this group.
1. A satellite is in a circular orbit. Describe the force acting on the satellite, the satellite's acceler
ation, its velocity and its speed.
2. At time zero, a boy mounted a bicycle and rode off, accelerating uniformly at 2 meters /second^
for 3 seconds. He continued at constant speed for an additional 5 seconds and then stopped
abruptly. Plot the boy's motion on a speedversustime graph.
3. List three experimental techniques now available for the study of motion that were not avail
able to Galileo in 1632.
4. Find A, where A = B + C + D.
5. To an Aristotelian, it seems clear that a force is necessary to maintain uniform motion. Com
ment on this statement from the point of view of a Newtonian.
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Group Two
Answer TWO of the three questions in this group.
6. An airplane is flying horizontally over the ocean at a speed of 200 meters /second and at an al
titude of 2000 meters. The pilot drops a flare. (Neglect air resistance.)
a) How many seconds after release does the flare hit the water?
b) At what distance from point P, directly under the point of release, does the flare strike
the water?
Acceleration is the rate of change of speed. Instantaneous acceleration is the slope of a speed
time graph at a point. Suppose we call the rate of change of acceleration surge.
a) What is the algebraic expression defining average surge?
b) What are the units of surge?
c) How can we calculate instantaneous surge?
8. In Two New Sciences, Galileo uses the character Salviati to present his own views concerning
free fall. At one point in the discussion Salviati states:
If then we take two bodies whose natural speeds are different, it is clear that on uniting the two,
the more rapid one will be partly retarded by the slower, and the slower will be somewhat hast
ened by the swifter. ... But if this is true, and if a large stone moves with a speed of, say, eight
while a smaller moves with a speed of four, then when they are united, the system will move
with a speed of less than eight; but the two stones when tied together make a stone larger than
that which before moved with a speed of eight. Since the heavier body moves with less speed
than the hghter .... you see how, from the premise that the heavier body moves more rapidly
than the lighter one, I infer that the heavier body moves more slowly.
Salviati based the preceding argument on several assumptions that are not necessarily valid.
a) State one of these assumptions.
b) Consider that this assumption is not valid. Propose a more appropriate assumption.
c) Based on your assumption, what conclusions can be drawn regarding the rate of fall of
the two stones that are tied together?
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