PhysicsLAB Practice Problems
Net F = ma

Directions: On this worksheet, positive horizontal directions are towards the right and positive vertical directions are upwards.

Question 1  What is the net force acting on a 5-kg mass if it is accelerating at a rate of 3 m/sec2?

Question 2  What is the magnitude of the frictional force present if a 5-kg mass being pulled by a horizontal force of 5 newtons towards the right experiences an acceleration of 0 m/sec2?

Question 3  A 5-kg mass experiences two vertical forces: 29.7 newtons pulling upward and 49 newtons pulling downward. What acceleration does the 5-kg mass undergo?

Question 4  A 5-kg mass is being pulled towards the right with a rope that has a tension of 35 newtons at an angle of 28 degrees to the x-axis. If the surface is frictionless, what acceleration will the mass develop?

Question 5  A 10-gram bullet travelling at 60 m/sec is fired into a tree. If the bullet is brought to a stop in a distance of 28 centimeters, what average resistive force did the tree exert upon it?


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