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## Chapter 4 – Newton’s Second Law of Motion

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**Chapter 4 – Newton’s Second Law of Motion**• Force Causes Acceleration • Friction • Mass and Weight • Mass Resists Acceleration • Newton’s Second Law of Motion • When Acceleration is g – Free Fall • When Acceleration is Less Than g – Non-Free Fall Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Forces Cause Acceleration**Remember Newton’s First Law: If the total “resultant” force acting on an object is zero, then the object will either remain at rest or it would move along a line with a constant velocity. Therefore: If the force is non-zero, the speed or the direction (or both) will change – this is acceleration Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Why Did This Discovery Take 2000 Years?**It appears as if a force is necessary to just keep an object in constant motion WHY? Friction • the force produced when two objects “rub” against each other • independent of velocity of the object after it is in motion • dynamic friction • static friction is greater (don’t skid!) • friction always opposes the direction of motion Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Coefficient of FrictionFfriction = Fnormal**Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Some Questions**• Does friction always exert a force that tends to bring things to a halt? • What does this say about the direction of the frictional force, relative to the velocity vector? • What do you think would happen if we loaded lead bricks into the box? Would it become harder to slide? • What are some ways to reduce frictional forces? Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Net Force**Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Mass vs. Weight**Mass: The quantity of matter in an object. It is also the measure of the inertia or sluggishness that an object exhibits in response to any effort made to start it, stop it, or change its state • Mass is reluctance to accelerate (mass inertia) • Weight is the force exerted by gravity on an object • Go to the moon: Does your mass change? Does your weight change? • Units of Mass and Weight • 1 kilogram mass (1 kg), on earth weighs 2.2 lbs • 1 newton of force = force necessary to accelerate 1 kg at 1 m/s2 • 1 kilogram weighs 9.8 newtons Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Forces Cause Acceleration**• Acceleration is proportional to the applied force: The larger the force, the more an object will accelerate, in the direction of the applied force. • Mass is inertia, i.e., reluctance to accelerate, so for the same force, more massive objects experience smaller acceleration than less massive ones. Shorthand: Force = mass acceleration, or F = ma Newton’s 2nd Law Newton’s Second Law Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Mass and Acceleration**Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Falling Stuff**Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Do Falling Objects Accelerate?**• It sure seems like it! • Starts from rest, goes faster and faster.... • What about a feather, though? • Air resistance, drag • Terminal velocity • What if we could get rid of the air? • What’s responsible for the downwards force? • If it’s accelerating, then a force is acting: F = ma Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Acceleration Due to Gravity**• At the earth’s surface, all objects experience the same acceleration from gravity! “g”= 9.8m/s2 = 32 ft/s2 • If the acceleration due to gravity is indeed universal, then... Since F = ma, the gravitational force must be proportional to mass. Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Free Fall**Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Golf Ball vs. Bowling Ball**• Which one is more massive? • Which one experiences more gravitational force? • Which one is most reluctant to accelerate? • How do they respond to a gravitational force? Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Converting Mass to Weight**Weight W • Near the earth’s surface, the acceleration of an object is g = 9.8 m/s2. • We DEFINE the weight of the object as the force exerted on the object due to earth’s “gravitational acceleration” g of the object • Newton’s Second Law: F = MA W = mg where g = 9.8 m/s2 for earth mass m Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Questions on Newton’s Second Law**1. If identical forces act on two objects, where object A is three times as massive as object B, how do their accelerations compare? 2. If I double the mass of an object, by what factor must I change the applied force to maintain a certain acceleration? 3. If one force pulls an object to the East, while a second force of equal magnitude pulls it to the West, what is the object’s acceleration? Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Quantitative exercises, real numbers**If you see an object with a mass of 1 kg increase its speed by 1m/s in each second: Is it accelerating? How much is it accelerating? What force is acting on it? Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Quantitative exercises, real numbers**If you see an object with a mass of 1 kg increase its speed by 1m/s in each second, what force is acting on it? Is it accelerating? Yes! How much is it accelerating? Velocity changing by 1m/s per sec is acceleration of 1 m/s/s =1 m/s2 What force is acting on it? F = mass acceleration = 1 kg 1 m/s2 = 1 kg m/s2 = 1 Newton Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Summary**• Velocity refers to both speed and direction • Acceleration means a change in velocity • Mass is a property of objects that represents their reluctance to accelerate • If an object is accelerating, it’s being acted on by an unbalanced force, and F = ma • Gravity causes all objects to suffer the same acceleration, regardless of their mass or composition • Gravitational acceleration only affects the vertical component of motion – think in terms of components Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**“Free” Fall**• Terminal velocity reached when Fdrag = Fgrav (= mg) • For 75 kg person subtending 0.5 m2, vterm 50 m/s, or 110 m.p.h. which is reached in about 5 seconds, over 125 m of fall • Free fall only lasts a few seconds, even for skydivers Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Air Resistance and Terminal Velocity**Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Class Problems**Which encounters the greater force of air resistance—a falling elephant or a falling feather? • Elephant • feather Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**Compared to a 1-kg block of solid iron, a 2-kg block of**solid iron has twice as much a) volume. b) mass. c) inertia. d) all of these e) none of these • A ride on a roller-coaster car containing 6 passengers takes 3 minutes. Neglecting friction, a similar ride with 12 passengers aboard would take a) 6 minutes. b) 3 minutes. c) 18 minutes. d) 1.5 minutes. Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**3. A rock weighs 30 N on Earth. A second rock weighs 30 N**on the moon. Which of the two rocks has the greater mass? A) the one on Earth B) the one on the moon C) They have the same mass. D) not enough information to say 4. A 10-kg brick and a 1-kg book are dropped in a vacuum. The force of gravity on the 10-kg brick is A) 10 times as much B) zero. C) the same as the force on the 1-kg book. D) one-tenth as much. Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**5. An apple weighs 1 N. When held at rest above your head,**the net force on the apple is A) 9.8 N. B) 0.1 N. C) 0 N. D) 1 N. E) none of these 6. The maximum acceleration of a car while towing a second car twice its mass, compared to its acceleration with no car in tow, is A) one half. B) the same. C) one third. D) one fourth. E) none of these Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**7. Your car is coasting on level ground at 60 km/h and you**apply the brakes until the car slows to 40 km/h. If you suddenly release the brakes now, the car tends to A) decrease in speed if no other forces act. B) continue moving at 40 km/h. C) momentarily regain its higher initial speed. 8. Hang from a pair of gym rings and the upward support forces of the rings will always A) add up to equal your weight. B) each be equal to your weight. C) each be half your weight. Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**9. A tow truck exerts a force of 3000 N on a car,**accelerating it at 2 meters per second per second. What is the mass of the car? A) 3000 kg B) 500 kg C) 1000 kg D) 1500 kg E) none of these 10. The force required to maintain an object at a constant velocity in free space is equal to A) the mass of the object. B) the force required to stop it. C) zero. D) the weight of the object. E) none of these Physics 1100 –Spring 2012**11. Two objects of the same size, but unequal weights are**dropped from a tall tower. Taking air resistance into consideration, the object to hit the ground first will be the A) heavier object. B) lighter object. C) Both hit at the same time. D) not enough information 12. A sack of potatoes weighing 200 N falls from an airplane. As the velocity of fall increases, air resistance also increases. When air resistance equals 200 N, the sack's acceleration in meters per second per second is A) 0. B) 9.8. C) 4.9. D) infinite. E) none of these Physics 1100 –Spring 2012