Classical Mechanics

Introduction to Forces

Newton's Second Law


In the figure above, a block on a frictionless slope is hanging on a cord. The mass of the block is m=4.0 kg,m= 4.0 \text{ kg}, and the slope makes a θ=30 \theta=30 ^\circ angle with the horizontal. If the cord is cut, what is the magnitude of the acceleration of the block?

The gravitational acceleration is g=10 m/s2. g= 10 \text{ m/s}^2.

A 900-kg 900 \text{-kg} rocket sled is to be accelerated from rest to 1700 km/h 1700 \text{ km/h} at a constant rate in 1.8 1.8 seconds in outer space. What is the approximate magnitude of the required net force?

If a 5.00 kg 5.00 \text{ kg} point mass has an acceleration of 10.00 m/s2 10.00 \text{ m/s}^2 at 30 30 ^{\circ} from the positive direction of the xx-axis, what is the net force in unit-vector notation?

In the movie Spiderman 2, there's a famous minute long scene where Spiderman stops a train. If the initial speed of a five-car, out of control subway train was around the top speed of the NYC subway (27 m/s), and Spiderman stopped the train in exactly one minute, then what is the magnitude of the force in Newtons that Spiderman exerted on the train as he stopped it?

Details and assumptions

  • A standard New York City subway car full of terrified passengers has a mass of roughly 40,000 kg.
  • You may assume the acceleration was constant and any other forces are negligible.

In the above diagram, two objects with their respective masses 55 kg and 33 kg are hung on a pulley with no friction. Find the magnitude of acceleration (in m/s2)(\text{in m/s}^2 ) of the left object with mass 55 kg.

Gravitational acceleration is g=10g = 10 m/s2^{2}.


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