PHYS 218 College Physics I

PHYS 221 General Physics I
Second Exam
Fall 2006
Note: Show your work. Correct answers by themselves are not sufficient. Also, watch
the significant digits in each problem.
1. Describe the path of a moving object in the event that its acceleration is constant but
always perpendicular to its velocity. Briefly give reasons for your answer.
2. On a rough warehouse floor, a 12.7-kg box is pulled 6.50 m at constant velocity
with a horizontal force of 29.6 N. What is the frictional force acting on the box?
What is the work done by friction? What is the net work being done on the box?
3. A wheel rotating with an angular velocity of 12.3 rad/s comes to rest after 11.5 rad.
What is the angular acceleration of the wheel during this time, assuming it is
4. Two balls collide head-on and travel in the same straight line after the collision as
before. The first ball (mass = 250. g) has an initial speed of 43.0 cm/s to the left.
The second ball has a mass of 180. g and is initially at rest. After the collision, this
ball has a velocity of 36.3 cm/s to the left. What is the velocity (speed and
direction) of the first ball after the collision?
5. Where is the center of mass of two small balls if the first one (m = 25 g) is located
at (3.2 i – 1.3 j) cm, the second one (m = 14 g) is at (1.7 i + 4.2 j) cm?
6. How long will it take a Ferris wheel to complete one revolution if a person at the
top of the ride feels no force being exerted by the Ferris wheel and exerts no force
on the Ferris wheel? That is, find the period of the rotation assuming there is no
normal force at the top of the ride. The Ferris wheel is rotating with a constant
speed, and its radius is 6.25 m.
7. A 26-g ball is dropped in oil and reaches a terminal velocity of 4.5 cm/s. If the form
of the resistive force acting on it is R = - b v, find the value for b.
8. A 243-g ball is held against a spring (with a spring
constant of 655 N/m) that has been compressed by
10.2 cm. After release, the ball rolls without losing
energy to friction up an incline until it stops. Find
the height of the ball when it comes to rest
compared to where it began.