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PHYSU 121: Principles of Physics I Test 2 10/22/2008

Dr. R. A. Di Dio / Chestnut Hill College

90 minutes…All work must be done in the exam booklet

I. Interpreting & Analyzing Graphs (40 pts)

1. Sketch velocity-time graphs for each the following situations, in which an object moving in 1-d
a) A net constant force acting in the x-direction
b) A net force that starts in the + x-direction and shrinks to zero in 10 sec
c) A oscillating net force that always stays in the + direction
d) An oscillating net force that fluctuates between + and – directions

Note: Sketch a force-time graph immediately above your velocity-time graphs. Explain your

2. For the 2-D trajectory indicated, each dot corresponds to 1 elapsed second (several of the dots have
been labeled )
a) Sketch the x(t) and y(t) graphs that produce this trajectory. Both graphs must be on the same
page, with the y-graph above the x-graph
b) Calculate the average velocity between t = 2 and t=5 seconds. Leave your answer in i-j notation.

2-D motion

t=1 s

t=5 s

-2 0 2 4 6 8

t=7 s


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II. Problems (60 pts)

3. Three forces of magnitude 15.0 N act on a 6.8 kg mass. The forces are oriented at 30, 70, and 190-
degrees from the + x-axis. Determine the acceleration of the mass (leave in unit-vector form)

4. A projectile is fired horizontally from the top of a building 70 m high. Neglecting air resistance,
a) Determine the air time
b) Determine the range
c) Determine the velocity at the ground (magnitude and direction)

(Note: If using calculator to answer this question, indicate the formulas entered)

5. In the following diagram a mass M is suspended by

three cables. The cable labeled T2 is horizontal and the
cable labeled T1 makes an angle of 45-degrees with
respect to the wall. T1

a) Draw a free body diagram for M and determine T3 T2

b) Draw a free body diagram for the knot where the
three cables meet. Indicating an appropriate T3
coordinate system, use Newton I to write down two
equations containing the two unknowns T1 and T2
(Do Not solve!)

6. A 0.5 kg ball connected to a string moves in a vertical circle at constant speed, completing one
rotation in 7.0 sec. Its centripetal acceleration is 1.2 m/s2
a) Determine the radius of the circle
b) Determine the tension in the string when the ball is at the lowest point in its motion

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