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 1130001     Linear interaction(s); three different hockey pucks     1130001 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf You view the motion of a hockey puck in a video and mark its location every 0.2 s. The resulting motion map for three different hockey pucks is shown below. The hockey puck in each case is moving to the right. Figure: A hockey puck travels to the right in three different cases. In which case (A, B, or C) is there no interaction between the hockey puck and its surroundings? (Or rather, no net interaction.) If there is no interaction in all or none of the cases, then state so. Explain your reasoning.
 1170005     Average velocity and position (update) for three hockey pucks     1170005 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf You view the motion of a hockey puck in a video and mark its location every 0.2 s. The resulting image for three different hockey pucks is shown below. The hockey puck in each case is moving to the right. The gridlines in the images are 1 cm apart. Figure: A hockey puck travels to the right in three different cases. In which case (A, B, or C) is there no interaction between the hockey puck and its surroundings? (Or rather, no net interaction.) What is the (approximate) velocity of the puck in each case at t=0? (Note: this is when the puck is at the location of the first image shown in the motion map. In each case, it is moving to the right.) Why is your answer to the previous question an approximation and what could be done (in the experiment that produced the image) to make a better measurement of the velocity of the object at t=0? In Case (A), what do you predict will be the position of the puck at t=2.0 s? Is your prediction for the position of the puck at t=2.0 s in Case (A) exactly correct or approximately correct? Explain.
 1170003     Position (update) of a near-Earth asteroid     1170003 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf Near-Earth asteroids are carefully tracked by NASA so that Earthlings will have some notice in the case of a catastrophic collision. You can following the tracking of near-Earth asteroids at Suppose that in a simulation of Asteroid 2007 TU24, it is at the location km relative to the center of Earth with a velocity km/s at some clock reading. What will be its (approximate) position 1 hour later? Note: Asteroid TU24 made its closest approach to Earth on January 29, 2008. You can read more about it at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2008-014a Figure: According to JPL, "This radar image of 2007 TU24 was obtained on January 28, 2008, about 12 hours before the asteroid's 1.4-lunar-distance pass by the Earth. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Greenbank Telescope in West Virginia were used to take this image."
 1170004     Position (update) of a fish     1170004 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf A graduate student in biology is analyzing video of a school of fish and measures a certain fish to be at the position m moving with a velocity m/s at some instant. Approximately where will the fish be 0.100 s later?
 1170006     Position (update) of Earth     1170006 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf At some instant in time, Earth is located at the position m relative to Sun. Its velocity at this instant is m/s in the +y direction. Where will it be 1 day later? What assumption did you make in doing this calculation, and is your calculation exact or approximate?
1170002     Average velocity of a putted golf ball     1170002

A golf ball rolls across the green toward the hole as shown below. Due to the grass and the slope of the green, it breaks toward the hole.

Figure: A golf ball rolling towards the hole.

The positions of the golf ball at each second as it rolls toward the hole are given below.

 t (s) (m) 0.0 1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00

Table: Positions and clock readings for the golf ball

1. What is the average velocity of the golf ball from to s?
2. What is the magnitude of its average velocity and what is its direction from to s?
3. If the golf ball continues with the same average velocity, what position would it be located at the clock reading s?
4. How does the predicted position at s compare to the actual position? Why is the predicted and actual position different?

 1170001     Average velocity of an elephant (from GPS data)     1170001 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf A GPS collar is used to track the movement of elephants in Timbuktu. (See the article at for more information about the use of GPS to learn about migration patterns of animals.) The position of a single elephant can be downloaded every 30 minutes. At 8:00 AM, data shows that the elephant is at the position km (relative to some origin). At noon, the elephant is at km. What is the average velocity of the elephant during this time interval? What is the magnitude of its average velocity and what is its direction? To know more about the path the elephant traveled or to know its (approximate) velocity at exactly 9:00AM, what data is needed?
 1150006     Directon cosines in three dimensions     1150006 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf The longest edge of a sail on a sailboat extends from the top of the mast (the origin) to a location . A picture is shown below. Figure: A sail on a sailboat. What is the length of the longest edge of the sail (i.e. the length of the hypotenuse of the sail)? What is the length of the bottom edge of the sail? What angle does the longest edge of the sail make with the x-axis? What angle does the longest edge of the sail make with the y-axis? What angle does the longest edge of the sail make with the z-axis?
 1150001     Vector sum, magnitude, direction, and angle     1150001 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf The following forces act on an object at some instant of time. What is the sum of the forces (called the net force) on the object at this instant? What is the magnitude of the net force? What is the direction of the net force? What angle does the net force make with the +x axis? What angle does the net force make with the +y axis? What angle does the net force make with the +z axis?
 1150005     Sketch position and displacement vectors     1150005 View Question | View Solution | Download pdf The picture shows a 0.4-kg football after it is thrown. The ball is traveling from left to right in the picture. On the picture, sketch the initial position vector , the final position vector and the displacement vector for the football. Figure: A football travels left to right.

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