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Physics 101: Application of Newton's Laws Review of the different types of forces discussed in Chapter 4: Gravitational, Normal, Frictional, Tension Forces Practice Examples Solving Problems

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physics 101 application of newton s laws
Physics 101: Application of Newton's Laws
  • Review of the different types of forces discussed in Chapter 4:

Gravitational, Normal, Frictional, Tension Forces

    • Practice Examples
solving problems
Solving Problems
  • Identify forces acting on an object by drawing a free- body diagram. Do not include forces that the object exerts on

its environment.

    • This is the most important step!
  • Select x and y axes and decompose all forces in the free-body diagram into x and y components. Select the axis so that as many forces as possible point along the x and y axis.
    • x and y components
  • Write Fnet=m a for each axis:Fnet,x=m ax and Fnet,y=m ay

(equilibrium: ax=0, ay=0)

  • Solve the two equations for the desired quantities !
    • Strong suggestion:
      • work problem algebraically
      • plug in numbers only at the end
example free body diagram f net 0

FN

correct

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Example: Free-Body Diagram, Fnet=0

You are driving a car up a hill with constant velocity. On a piece of paper, draw a Free Body Diagram (FBD) for the car.How many forces are acting on the car? 12345

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example free body diagram f net m a

FN

correct

f

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Example: Free-Body Diagram, Fnet=ma

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You are driving a car up a hill with constant acceleration.

How many forces are acting on the car? 12345

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Example: Tension

  • A lamp of mass 4 kg is stylishly hung from the ceiling

by two wires making angles of 30 and 40 degrees. Find

the tension in the wires.

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Example: Tension

  • Consider two blocks of mass m1 and m2, respectively,

tied by a string (massless). Mass m1 sits on a horizontal

frictionless table, and mass m2 hangs over a pulley. If

the system is let go, compute the acceleration and the

tension in the string.

example normal force
Example: Normal Force
  • A 80 kg man is standing in an elevator which is accelerating downwards at 4 m/s2. What is the force of the elevator floor on the man ?
example normal and kinetic frictional force
Example: Normal and Kinetic Frictional Force
  • A block of mass m is sliding down a frictionless inclined

plane making an angle q with the horizontal. What is the

acceleration of the block down the plane and what is the normal force exerted by the plane on the block ?

Repeat the problem with friction.

example static frictional force
Example: Static Frictional Force
  • A boy is playing with a pull-toy of mass m on the floor of an elevator. Find the minimum horizontal force with

which the boy must pull the string in order to set the

toy into motion along the elevator floor. Assume

that the elevator is accelerating upwards with acceleration a and the coefficient of static friction between the toy and the floor is ms.